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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Focus Features and Carnival Films are pacting to bring Downton Abbey and the lives of the Crawley family and its servants to the big screen. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Downton Abbey' Movie With Series Cast Officially a Go," 13 July 2018 Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, worked as a domestic servant in Milwaukee, where Winfrey attended integrated schools and also in Nashville, where her father, Vernon Winfrey, was a businessman and a church deacon. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Oprah’s Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibition," 8 June 2018 Crusoe keeps Friday as a servant, implying that the best way to civilize a savage is to subordinate him. Pallavi Kottamasu,, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018 There’s a servant’s staircase from the kitchen to the third floor, and one from the second to the third floor. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic Concordia home is 4,000 square feet of hard work - and love," 31 May 2018 The congressman representing Virginia's 5th District recently was the subject of a Politico article in which staffers said Garrett and his wife, Flanna Garrett, treated them like servants. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia drops bid for re-election, cites alcoholism," 28 May 2018 Barcelona said goodbye to one of the club's most loyal servants on Sunday as Andres Iniesta played his last ever game for the Catalan outfit., "PHOTOS: Andres Iniesta Camps Out in Centre Circle After Final Ever Appearance for Barcelona," 21 May 2018 Jacqueline said she was forced to work long hours for the family, essentially functioning as a domestic servant. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Yazidis seek rescue of women and children enslaved, married off to ISIS," 10 May 2018 He had been raised as a child servant in a household, given away by whoever had brought him into the world. Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, "Without Inspection," 7 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 \

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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