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

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Examples of servant in a Sentence

the wealthy family had servants to clean and cook for them
Recent Examples on the Web On the sidelines, omnipresent but only fleetingly powerful, their loyal robot servant Demerzel (Laura Birn) gets some of the series’ more human moments, especially in quieter, heartbreaking moments that Birn aces. Caroline Framke, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 Leonora had a sympathetic Tiffany Townsend as her suffering servant. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Huie’s first job was as a household servant, making a dollar-fifty a week. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Judith Ann Hendrixson of Roscommon had a servant’s heart, was selfless and dedicated her life to caring for others. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2021 While waiting for his X-wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa's mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader's loyal servant, Vaneé. Andrea Towers,, 7 Sep. 2021 Bahadur Khan had been Sohel’s childhood servant, the man in Dunyapur most identified with him. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 As Miranda and Ariel, Prospero’s spirit-servant, Ms. Coleman and Britney Simpson are fresh and charming. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 As a non-blood relative, that seems to be his role during our visits to Springmoor—the servant. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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