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minion

[min-yuh n] /ˈmɪn yən/
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 of minion
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < ?
Can be confused
minion, minyan.
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  • The minion kicked the bag, and there came forth from under it the cry, 'Yingle!

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • But here was a minion of Cynthia riding the country like Paul Revere.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • He held the cup out to the minion, who, pale and headachy, was lying with his back to the dish of pork.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • T will do no harm, and may—ay, this minion will sweep the Rock like a new broom.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • Dictio ctrari significans, when the mock is in a worde by a contrarye sence, as when we call a fustilugges, a minion.

  • Enthroned on the dais, a minion at his feet, he was momentarily monarchial.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • See you now, from a breastwork thrown up hereabout and mounted with a minion or two a man could sweep off an army. '

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • Am I not something more to thee, than the partner of joyous hours—the minion of love?

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for minion

minion

/ˈmɪnjən/
noun
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
adjective
4.
dainty, pretty, or elegant
Word Origin
C16: from French mignon, from Old French mignot, of Gaulish origin
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Word Origin and History for minion
n.

c.1500, "a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits" [Johnson], from Middle French mignon "a favorite, darling" (n.), also a term of (probably homosexual) abuse;" as an adjective, "dainty, pleasing, favorite," from Old French mignot "pretty, attractive, dainty, gracious, affectionate," perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Old Irish min "tender, soft"), or from Old High German minnja, minna "love, memory" (see mind (n.)). Used 16c.-17c. without disparaging overtones.

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