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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
Recent Examples of minion from the Web
Maybe Jabba and his minions have the prime real estate all locked up and regular folk can only afford to live in the desert?
At the White House Correspondents Dinner, Wolf shredded not just Trump and his minions, but the Washington media corps itself for exploiting and profiting from its Trump coverage.
Pamyat, a nationalistic organization fueled by glasnost much in the way that David Duke and his minions have been fueled by Trump, scheduled pogroms and circulated their dates throughout Moscow.
Thanos is finally fed up with his minions failing to attain the Infinity Stones.
Last year's Ex Machina continued this fine tradition of presenting overconfident human scientists who discover their powerful robot minions will soon overthrow them.
Quoting here, Hillary Clinton and her chief minion, Cheryl Mills, claims attorney-client privilege when Mills herself was under investigation for obstruction.
The lawman’s earnest efforts are a sideshow to the main drama, though, which pits Tigrero and his minions against a solitary avenger known as Silenzio.
But with the full backing of the White House, the Republican Congress and states like Florida led by anti-immigrant Republicans, Trump’s minions are going after the lowest-hanging fruit in the nation, the easy grab.
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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.
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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