Ser·​vite ˈsər-ˌvīt How to pronounce Servite (audio)
: a member of the mendicant Order of Servants of Mary founded in Florence, Italy, in 1233
Servite adjective

Word History


New Latin Servita, from Medieval Latin servus "servant" (after the order's Latin name Ordo Servorum Beatae Mariae Virginis "Order of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary") + -ita -ite entry 1 — more at serve entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Servite was circa 1550

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“Servite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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