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.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present participle of servir to serve; see -ant

servantless, adjective
servantlike, adjective Unabridged
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servant (ˈsɜːvənt)
1.  a person employed to work for another, esp one who performs household duties
2.  See public servant
[C13: via Old French, from servant serving, from servir to serve]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr., noun use of servant "serving, waiting," prp. of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve). Meaning "professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady" is from mid-14c. In N.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 L. servus, Gk. doulos "slave"). Public servant is attested from 1670s.
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Example sentences
It is the taxpayer paying unionized civil servants at the point of a gun in
  both examples.
Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and
  servants had to find new employment.
The czar's servants carried the opulent dishes, perfume bottles and other
  personal items directly to the czar's private chamber.
People used olive oil rather than soap to wash, so the water needed to be
  periodically skimmed by servants.
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