man·​ser·​vant | \ ˈman-ˌsər-vənt How to pronounce manservant (audio) \
plural menservants\ ˈmen-​ˌsər-​vən(t)s How to pronounce manservant (audio) \

Definition of manservant

: a male servant

Examples of manservant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Count Almaviva, a Spanish nobleman, has been lusting after Susanna, his wife’s chambermaid, who is about to be married to the Count’s manservant, Figaro. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 John Smith saves the man who fell overboard; Ratcliffe is the government lackey in a suit who hunkers down in his cabin and only emerges once the danger has passed, clutching his pug while his manservant shields him with an umbrella. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 13 Apr. 2021 The bathers have returned in the sequel, but filmmakers made sure that visiting Mary Junson (Leslie Jones) enjoyed her own strapping personal bather manservant (Donny Savage). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2021 Each confuses the inspector with a different version of how the manservant broke his neck. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, 11 Oct. 2019 According to Arts Reader, Lord secretly advocated for Stump to be cast in the Michigan production of Don Giovanni in the role of a manservant who enables seductions and rapes. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2019 Ah, that a gentleman should be deprived of a manservant! Daniel Ford, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2018 Then, in 1865, another account was published by Paul Jennings, the former slave who worked at the White House as a manservant to President James Madison. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, 7 June 2018 Around the World in 80 Days’’ (1956), starring David Niven as balloonist and adventurer Phileas Fogg and Cantinflas as his trusty manservant. Adam Bernstein,, 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manservant

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Manservant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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: a male servant

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