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menial

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noun me·nial \ˈmē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of menial

  1. :  a person doing menial work; specifically :  a domestic (see 1domestic 4) servant or retainer (see 1retainer 1a)

Examples of menial in a sentence

  1. immigrants to that country faced fierce prejudice and could expect to find work only as menials

Origin and Etymology of menial

see 2menial


First Known Use: 14th century


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menial

adjective me·nial

Definition of menial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to servants :  lowly a menial worker

  2. 2a :  appropriate to a servant :  humble, servile answered in menial tones menial household choresb :  lacking interest or dignity a menial task

menially

adverb

Examples of menial in a sentence

  1. every command was obeyed in the menial manner of someone who seemed grateful just to be in the presence of a celebrity

Origin and Etymology of menial

Middle English meynial, from Anglo-French meignal, from mesnee, mayné household, retinue, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansion-, mansio dwelling — more at mansion


First Known Use: 15th century


MENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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menial

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noun me·nial \ˈmē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of menial for English Language Learners

  • : a person (such as a servant) who does boring or unpleasant work for little money : someone who does menial work


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menial

adjective me·nial

Definition of menial for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe boring or unpleasant work that does not require special skill and usually does not pay much money


MENIAL Defined for Kids

menial

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adjective me·nial \ˈmē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of menial for Students

  1. :  of or relating to boring or unpleasant work that does not require special skill menial tasks



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