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 By 1938 one is enrolled in a school for butlers in the hope of getting an exit visa as a domestic servant. The Economist, "Laughter in the dark Tom Stoppard’s haunting new play about the Holocaust," 13 Feb. 2020 Despite these unfortunate incidents, Xianglin presses on with life and returns to work as a servant. Jane Li, Quartz, "The story of Aunt Xianglin, the pitiable female character China compared to Mike Pompeo," 4 Dec. 2019 Those minor indiscretions aside, he was generally regarded as a loyal servant to the club - and will be remembered as one of the Gunners' best defenders over the past decade., "Laurent Koscielny Reveals Reasons Behind Arsenal Exit & Ambitions for Future," 8 Aug. 2019 He was baptized in 1975 as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and was very active in both the ministry and in his congregation assignment as a ministerial servant., "Harold Lee Barrows," 20 June 2019 Granted, there wasn't much mystery that the strange, wealthy recluse with robotic servants was Adrian Veidt (Jeremy Irons), a.k.a. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Watchmen' brings its master plan into focus, layering the old onto the new," 2 Dec. 2019 His mother, Alöise Steiner Buckley, filled their home with servants and tutors for her 10 children. Gabrielle Bellot, The Atlantic, "The Famous Baldwin-Buckley Debate Still Matters Today," 2 Dec. 2019 The goal wasn’t so much to create a good likeness of the dead but to transform the once-living person into a servant of Osiris, the multitasking god whose portfolio included fertility, agriculture, life, the afterlife, and resurrection. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 The church her family attended was extremely conservative, reportedly not allowing women or children to speak, and viewed women as the servants of men. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who is Olivia Plath? New Details on the 'Welcome to Plathville' Star's Past," 9 Jan. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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