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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
Did You Know?
Minion comes to us from Middle French and has a somewhat surprising cousin in English: [filet mignon](/dictionary/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
Medieval French mignon darling
First Known Use: circa 1500
MINION Defined for English Language Learners
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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