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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Example sentences
Also psychopaths are in the game for themselves having minions would be
  restrictive.
He should thank all his minions for slavishly working to make him so.
He is such a proud spirit, so much more grounded in truth than the rest of us
  minions.
It is also quite funny to watch the other minions here, who have no clue either.
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