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

Definition of manservant

: a male servant

Examples of manservant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each confuses the inspector with a different version of how the manservant broke his neck. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena theater’s ‘Ravenscroft’ filled with twists and turns," 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, "Michigan Opera Theatre conductor Stephen Lord resigns amid #MeToo controversy," 19 June 2019 Ah, that a gentleman should be deprived of a manservant! Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘The Escape Artists’ Review: Keep Calm and Keep Shoveling," 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, "Canada didn’t burn the White House. And Dolley Madison needs a fact check, too.," 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,, "Michael Anderson, 98, acclaimed director," 30 Apr. 2018 The elderly Carr doffs his bathrobe to become his younger self to participate in his encounters with the others, who also include his manservant, Bennett (Patrick Kerr), who harbors revolutionary sympathies. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’," 24 Apr. 2018 In the cave, young Ian is bound and gagged, to be sacrificed, but Claire and Jamie can’t get to him because Geillis’s manservant Hercules points a gun at them. Roxane Gay, Glamour, "'Outlander' Season 3 Finale Recap: An Old Frenemy Meets a Grisly End and Claire and Jamie Wind Up in America," 10 Dec. 2017 And maybe his manservant Lovejoy, for good measure. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "The Year of Titanic Cast Reunion Photos Has Arrived," 27 July 2017

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manservant

old-fashioned : a male servant

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