Definition of minion
- He's one of the boss's minions.
- his great charity to the poor renders him the minion of the people
- —Jonas Hanway
- government minions
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one of the boss's minions
most of the top appointments went to the new governor's personal minions and political cronies
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Minion comes to us from Middle French and has a somewhat surprising cousin in English: filet mignon. The two words are connected by way of Middle French mignon, meaning "darling." Minion entered English around 1500 directly from Middle French, whereas filet mignon arrived significantly later by way of a Modern French phrase meaning "dainty fillet." The earliest uses of minion referred to someone who was a particular favorite, or darling, of a sovereign or other important personage. Over time, however, the word evolved a more derogatory sense referring to a person who is servile and unimportant.
First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
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