fam·​u·​lus ˈfam-yə-ləs How to pronounce famulus (audio)
plural famuli ˈfam-yə-ˌlī How to pronounce famulus (audio)
: a private secretary or attendant

Word History


German, assistant to a professor, from Latin, servant

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of famulus was in 1825

Dictionary Entries Near famulus

Cite this Entry

“Famulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famulus. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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