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menial

noun me·nial \ ˈmē-nē-əl , -nyəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of menial

: 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


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menial

adjective

Definition of menial

1 : of or relating to servants : lowly
  • a menial worker
2 a : appropriate to a servant : humble, servile
  • answered in menial tones
  • menial household chores
b : 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

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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


MENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

menial

noun

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


menial

adjective

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

adjective me·nial \ ˈmē-nē-əl , -nyəl \

Definition of menial for Students

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


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