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


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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In 1935, a 13-year-old with a huge imagination and a crush on her servant's son (and older sister's lover) tells a terrible lie that changes the course of several lives and destroys a great love. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "15 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 28 Aug. 2018 Another leadership principal is around servant leadership. Lori Johnston, ajc, "Leaders of top workplaces share their views," 3 Mar. 2018 Variety reports that some of the sets will include Mrs. Patmore's kitchen and the servants' quarters. Megan Friedman, Country Living, ""Downton Abbey" Is Going on a Tour Around the World," 27 Apr. 2017 Louisiana's grand plantation homes showcase this most extensively, where the kitchen and servants' quarters were on the ground level, and the owner's main living areas were a full story off the ground. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "A Look At French Colonial Architecture, The Star Style Of New Orleans," 21 Dec. 2018 Retinues of servants in livery assured that fires were laid and lighted, that brass and silver were kept brightly polished. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Trey, for instance, is rude to one of the servants. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of.," 21 June 2018 Walter was a true servant of the Lord and shared his faith with family and friends., "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/19," 19 May 2018 Tolstoy did not mention the sainthood of the servants, though. Michael Joseph Gross, Vanities, "“There’s Nothing Wrong with Falling from Grace”: The Global Network of Monarchists Helping Deposed Kings and Queens," 27 Apr. 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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a servile follower or underling

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