ser·vant | \ ˈsər-vənt \

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 \ noun
servantless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for servant


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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More amusing than their masters are the maids and serving men: Richard Eisloeffel as Valentine's snarky servant, Speed; Stephanie Mattos as Proteus's hilarious help, Launce; and Shanna Sweeney as Julia's mordant minion, Lucetta. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 13 July 2018 They are all called Aunts, while women who work as household servants for Gilead commanders, such as Waterford, are called Marthas. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes you work, but pays off as few shows ever could," 20 Apr. 2018 To Clemens’s surprise, his father-in-law provided lavishly for the newlyweds, purchasing for them a beautiful home in Buffalo, New York, staffed with servants. Richard Gunderman, Smithsonian, "For Mark Twain, It Was Love At First Sight," 13 Feb. 2018 Although the White Hart Lane faithful will be sad to see the back of one of their most loyal servants in recent years, the Belgian is not expected to be short of suitors during the upcoming transfer window., "Tottenham Willing to Part Ways With ​Key Midfielder and Will Not Offer Contract Extension," 13 May 2018 Raina’s mother Catherine Petkoff will be played by Eleanor Katz, and Raina’s servant Louka will be played by Chelsee Carter. Kt Hawbaker,, "Full cast announced for City Lit's season opener, 'Arms and the Man'," 12 July 2018 The Carnegie Mellon study confirms that some children order smart speakers around like servants. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Alexa: Don’t Let My 2-Year-Old Talk to You That Way," 10 July 2018 Kavanaugh has been the creature and servant of political power all his days. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018 Holiday is the closest thing this draft has to a Victor Oladipo, a high-scoring lead guard with long arms and great shooting and fierce defense and a servant’s heart. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers get a perfect match in selfless, defensive-oriented Aaron Holiday," 21 June 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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The first known use of servant was in the 13th century

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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 \

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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