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

Other Words from servant

servanthood \ ˈsər-​vənt-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce servant (audio) \ noun
servantless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for servant



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of servant in a Sentence

the wealthy family had servants to clean and cook for them
Recent Examples on the Web As a servant of the community, Hawkins's emphasis on finding compelling stories leads him not only in his altruistic endeavors but also in his career. Yolanda Baruch, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Olympic distance running star Mo Farah revealed to the BBC he was trafficked to the United Kingdom illegally as a child and forced to work as a domestic servant. oregonlive, 11 July 2022 Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp — near Johannesburg — where his father was a headmaster and his mother, who would later become a teacher, worked as a domestic servant. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Dec. 2021 In The Serpent Queen, Catherine tells her story through flashbacks, defending her actions and imparting lessons she's learned to her new servant, Rahima (Sennia Nanua). Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 July 2022 In the original 1665 five-act comedy, the titular character, Dom Juan, and his servant, Sganarelle, are both men. Bellamy Richardson,, 12 July 2022 Baryshnikov plays Firs, the family’s servant and a former serf who is entirely devoted to their well-being. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Yeager, a graduate of W.A. Berry High School, was a beloved mother, grandmother, world traveler, a military wife for 30 years and a servant of Christ, according to her obituary. Carol Robinson |, al, 20 June 2022 The other is Lispeth, the young servant who takes care of Marek. New York Times, 13 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'servant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of servant

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for servant

Middle English servant, sarvaunt "person serving a master or lord, retainer, attendant," borrowed from Anglo-French, noun derivative from past participle of servir "to be in attendance on, serve entry 1"

Note: Compare sergeant.

Learn More About servant

Time Traveler for servant

Time Traveler

The first known use of servant was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near servant




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for servant

Last Updated

3 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for servant


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

More from Merriam-Webster on servant

Nglish: Translation of servant for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of servant for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!