ser·​vant | \ ˈsər-vənt How to pronounce servant (audio) \

Definition of servant

: one that serves others a public servant especially : one that performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer

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Other Words from servant

servanthood \ ˈsər-​vənt-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce servanthood (audio) \ noun
servantless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for servant


daily [British], domestic, flunky (also flunkey), lackey, menial, retainer, slavey, steward


master, mistress

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Examples of servant in a Sentence

the wealthy family had servants to clean and cook for them

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The Germans found many willing servants among local fascists and nationalists whose main historical modus operandi, like that of their masters, was genocide—their descendants would be at it again a couple of generations later. Aleksandar Hemon, The New Yorker, "My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia," 5 June 2019 For one thing, Handmaid's Tale shows more of the Marthas, particularly Rita, as much more than infertile house servants. Sabrina Rojas Weiss,, "Handmaid's Tale," 5 June 2019 Hemings was one of 400 Black people enslaved at the sprawling mountaintop estate—at age 14, she was sent to Paris from Monticello to be a servant to his young daughter during Jefferson’s time there. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves. Now, a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation.," 29 June 2018 Against Lake Country Lutheran, the Blue Knights wanted to simply become better servants to each other. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Basketball is thriving at Brookfield Academy, where the Blue Knights are poised to raise two Midwest Classic Conference banners," 12 Feb. 2018 The collection is housed across 12 rooms that used to be the servants quarters of the Tudor palace, and roughly a third of the clothes were once worn by royals with the rest belonging to staff or those who attended court. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Inside the Archive That Houses 500 Years of Royal Family Fashion," 17 Feb. 2019 But the power of the Yncas was so great that the Chachapoyas Indians were finally forced to become servants to those Kings, who desired to extend their sway over all people. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of History," 27 Mar. 2018 Domestic servants and farmworkers—persons of color, not coincidentally—were excluded. James K. Galbraith, Fortune, "The Minimum Wage Just Turned 80. Economists Don’t Give It Enough Credit," 25 June 2018 Wilson, 39, is a three-term council member whose brash, quick-witted attitude can annoy Alexandria residents who tend to regard public servants as, well, servants. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Warm-and-fuzzy vs. driven by data: These mayoral candidates are total opposites," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of servant

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for servant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of servir

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English Language Learners Definition of servant

: a person who is hired to do household or personal duties such as cleaning and cooking
: a person who is devoted to or guided by something


ser·​vant | \ ˈsər-vənt How to pronounce servant (audio) \

Kids Definition of servant

: a person hired to perform household or personal services



Legal Definition of servant

: a person who serves others: as
a : an individual who performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer
b : a person in the employ and subject to the direction or control of an individual or company — see also respondeat superior — compare agent, master

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behavior toward others

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