minion

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noun min·ion \ˈmin-yən\

Definition of minion

  1. 1 :  a servile dependent, follower, or underling He's one of the boss's minions.

  2. 2 :  one highly favored :  idol his great charity to the poor renders him the minion of the people — Jonas Hanway

  3. 3 :  a subordinate (see 1subordinate 1) or petty official government minions

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Examples of minion in a Sentence

  1. one of the boss's minions

  2. most of the top appointments went to the new governor's personal minions and political cronies

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The Origins of Minion

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.

Origin and Etymology of minion

Middle French mignon darling


MINION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of minion for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is not powerful or important and who obeys the orders of a powerful leader or boss



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