min·​ion | \ ˈmin-yən How to pronounce minion (audio) \

Definition of minion

1 : a servile dependent, follower, or underling He's one of the boss's minions.
2 : one highly favored : idol his great charity to the poor renders him the minion of the people— Jonas Hanway
3 : a subordinate (see subordinate entry 1 sense 1) or petty official government minions

The Origins of Minion

Minion comes from Middle French and is related to filet mignon. The two terms are connected by mignon, meaning "darling." The earliest uses of minion refer to someone who is a particular favorite of a sovereign or other important personage. Over time, however, the word developed a more derogatory sense referring to a person who is servile and unimportant.

Examples of minion in a Sentence

one of the boss's minions most of the top appointments went to the new governor's personal minions and political cronies
Recent Examples on the Web That only one visionary can bring a game into this world and everyone else that works on it is some kind of minion. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 These women often work with the movie's villain as their primary minion. Lauren Huff,, 9 Oct. 2021 Justified fans will certainly recall his season-six arc as Choo-Choo, the war vet and minion of one of that season’s heels (of the non-wrestling variety). Kimberly Potts, Vulture, 15 Aug. 2021 True fans of the original show will remember Nelly as Blair's academic rival turned minion. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2021 In one spot, gymnast Simone Biles - who just won her seventh national women's all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, the most wins by any American woman ever - instantly makes a fan out of one minion. Jethro Nededog,, 10 June 2021 In the spot, Dressel gets the last laugh on a pesky minion. Jethro Nededog,, 10 June 2021 Mal is led by this minion into Baghra's cave, where Tofin has already been murdered, and a fight breaks out. Nick Schager,, 23 Apr. 2021 That includes overtly turning the towering, new-look villain Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds) into a minion of Darkseid, the Thanos-like conqueror of worlds created by the legendary writer-artist Jack Kirby. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of minion

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minion

Middle French mignon darling

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26 Apr 2022

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“Minion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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