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servant

[sur-vuh nt] /ˈsɜr vənt/
noun
1.
a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.
2.
a person in the service of another.
3.
a person employed by the government:
a public servant.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present participle of servir to serve; see -ant
Related forms
servantless, adjective
servantlike, adjective
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Examples for servants
  • 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.
  • Typically, they traveled by luxury steamer and coach, with servants and trunks in tow.
  • If you're rich, you put up a tent and you had servants.
  • Making ice cream also took hours, so it helped to have servants who could do it.
  • Horses have been our faithful servants, our tireless comrades, and our loyal friends.
  • All the gods had their own families and servants, also made up of gods.
  • One family lived in each house, often with a coterie of servants and rickshaw pullers.
British Dictionary definitions for servants

servant

/ˈsɜːvənt/
noun
1.
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 servants
servant
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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