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 servanthood (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 Elisha told him to fear not, and the servant’s eyes were opened to a vision to see an even bigger heavenly army with them full of horses and chariots of fire. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS General Conference addresses elections, racism, protests and pandemic," 3 Oct. 2020 The fifth of seven children, Iiyama graduated from Galileo High School at age 16, in 1938, and went directly to UC Berkeley, working as a house servant in Berkeley to cover her room and board. Sam Whiting,, "Chizu Iiyama, Bay Area civil rights activist who was detained in Japanese camps, dies at 98," 22 Sep. 2020 Its focus on the prosperity gospel willfully ignores the Bible’s depictions of a suffering servant in whose stripes we are healed. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: Trump’s twisted interpretation of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ is killing Americans," 21 Sep. 2020 On Adelsö, Tolir was clearly able to marry (whether this had legal standing is another matter) and afford a magnificent statement of his position as the royal servant. Neil Price, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Society," 25 Aug. 2020 Not every historic place with slave or servant quarters on its premise was a plantation. Andrea Gallo,, "A special Labor Day offer for you $6.99 a month for 6 months," 4 Sep. 2020 Among them: the Blackamoor, a depiction of a dark-skinned person—generally a slave or servant—of Moorish descent, which is used as ornamentation. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "There’s No Excuse for Buying or Decorating With Blackamoors," 28 Aug. 2020 Convinced that his servant has wrongly confessed, Cecily aims to discover the truth in this delightful whodunit set in the 18th century. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Last chance for a summer fling: The 10 best books of August 2020," 24 Aug. 2020 The more arbitrary and personal his authority became, the more Bolívar strained to present himself as a humble servant of the people. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Can Democracy Handle Charisma?," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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