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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Zhao Yanwei, who owns a printing business for books, newspapers and brochures in Beijing, doesn’t expect his income or that of his civil-servant wife to grow much this year. WSJ, "Chinese Consumers Curb Spending, Likely Deepening Slowdown," 3 Jan. 2019 Taking to the Seas But not before changing into the most extra fur coat ever, inexplicably finding pink lipstick, and getting herself a servant for the ride. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Just Aired the Best Episode of the Season So Far," 17 Dec. 2018 Every aspect of Crosby’s life is laid bare for close inspection in this penetrating biography, from his tough negotiations with employers to his most casual dealings with servants and staff. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Bing Crosby’ Review: Nothin’ but Blue Skies," 8 Nov. 2018 This 2017 biopic focuses on one challenging case of a servant charged with raping his white employer's wife in Connecticut. Chris Ball,, "Stephen King's 'It' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 15 Jan. 2018 In the original story, Belle lives completely alone with the Beast, isolated from the outside world, as all his servants have been cursed and turned into statues. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Real Story Behind 'Beauty and the Beast' Is Nothing Like the Movie You Love," 30 Mar. 2017 The building was once the home of Louis XIV’s famed mistress Madame de Montespan, who, legend says, forbade all men except servants to enter the premises. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018 Downton Abbey follows the Crawley family and the servants attending to them in their massive estate in the early 1900s England. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening," 13 July 2018 Therefore the faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ dare not cease to oppose and unmask it. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who Would Jesus Lock Up?," 15 June 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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