man·​ser·​vant | \ˈman-ˌsər-vənt \
plural menservants\ˈmen-​ˌsər-​vən(t)s \

Definition of manservant 

: a male servant

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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 Much of the story is set in a Tuscan convent, where a manservant (Dave Franco) is on the run from a vengeful lord (Nick Offerman) and the lord's bored wife (Lauren Weedman) after the servant's dalliances with the missus come to light. Michael Phillips,, "'The Little Hours' review: 14th century sex comedy finds nuns on the run, in pursuit of a Franco," 12 July 2017 Dale Wasserman’s book turns the tale of Don Quixote into a play within the play: In late 16th-century Spain, Cervantes and his manservant (Roland Rusinek) are imprisoned in a Seville dungeon among others awaiting trial by the Inquisition. Eric Marchese, Orange County Register, "‘Man of La Mancha’ as emotionally potent as ever," 5 June 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a male servant

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