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[sur-vi-ter] /ˈsɜr vɪ tər/
a person who is in or at the service of another; attendant.
a glass worker who blocks the gather and does the preliminary blowing of glass for the gaffer.
Origin of servitor
1300-50; Middle English servitour < Anglo-French < Late Latin servītor, equivalent to Latin servī(re) to serve + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If I were of your faith—if I were not a servitor, without a father, without a brother, you would not dare!

    The Ghetto Herman Heijermans
  • As was usual when he or any other servitor was in attendance on Waring, the reward had been munificent.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • Thither many a man accompanied him as servitor; men saw the Nibelungs walk at Siegfried's side.

  • There could be no higher honor than to be the servitor of this man's lady.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • “The glass is always going down in Cornwall, and we are always in for another rough night,” responded the servitor curtly.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • All genius now is, at its best, but a servitor—well or ill fed.

  • He frequently told visitors that Shakespeare was first received in the playhouse as "a servitor."

  • The word for "his servitor" (m'chartho) is used also of Joshua.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • The young Rajah turned and looked his servitor over—at least that was what the head gardener felt happened.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He threw his rein to a servitor, and hastened to his chamber.

    Albrecht Arlo Bates
British Dictionary definitions for servitor


(archaic) a person who serves another
Word Origin
C14: from Old French servitour, from Late Latin servītor, from Latin servīre to serve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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servitor in the Bible

occurs only in 2 Kings 4:43, Authorized Version (R.V., "servant"). The Hebrew word there rendered "servitor" is elsewhere rendered "minister," "servant" (Ex. 24:13; 33:11). Probably Gehazi, the personal attendant on Elisha, is here meant.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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