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[sur-vuh nt] /ˈsɜr vənt/
a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.
a person in the service of another.
a person employed by the government:
a public servant.
Origin of servant
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present participle of servir to serve; see -ant
Related forms
servantless, adjective
servantlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for servant
  • It has nothing to do with being a servant or being elite.
  • The second servant said that he had received two talents, and he had made two talents more.
  • Permission was granted for our temporary shelter, and a servant led us to the nobleman's house.
  • Naturally they paid to doctors, they are really paid servant of drug companies.
  • Certainly, a headless, handless body wouldn't make for a good servant.
  • Put differently, a public servant has no right to a private life.
  • To no avail: the top civil servant in the defence ministry scornfully dismissed the court's ruling.
  • Not the unpaid servant kind, but the flash-triggering kind.
  • They are meant to distract us from what a public servant is hired to do.
  • If they wish, they can rent a suite of rooms, including one for a live-in servant.
British Dictionary definitions for servant


a person employed to work for another, esp one who performs household duties
Derived Forms
servant-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: via Old French, from servant serving, from servir to serve
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Word Origin and History for servant

c.1200, "personal or domestic attendant," from Old French servant "servant; foot-soldier," noun use of servant "serving, waiting," present participle of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve (v.)).

Meaning "professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady" is from mid-14c. In North American colonies and U.S., the usual designation for "slave" 17c.-18c. (in 14c.-15c. and later in Biblical translations the word often was used to render Latin servus, Greek doulos "slave"). Public servant is attested from 1670s.

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