minion

[min-yuhn]
noun
1.
a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
2.
a favored or highly regarded person.
3.
a minor official.
4.
Printing. a 7-point type.
adjective
5.
dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < ?

minion, minyan.
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minion (ˈmɪnjən)
 
n
1.  a favourite or dependant, esp a servile or fawning one
2.  a servile agent: the minister's minions
3.  a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 7 point
 
adj
4.  dainty, pretty, or elegant
 
[C16: from French mignon, from Old French mignot, of Gaulish origin]

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minion
1501, "a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits" [Johnson], from M.Fr. mignon "a favorite, darling" (n.), also "dainty, pleasing, favorite" (adj.), from O.Fr. mignot, perhaps of Celt. origin (cf. O.Ir. min "tender, soft"), or from O.H.G. minnja, minna "love, memory."
Used without disparaging overtones 16c.-17c.
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Any globe-trotting minion of the new economy will tell you that, upon jet-lagged arrival, the first thing they look for is a cab.
Her minion said she wouldn't be hatching on the red carpet.
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