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Meaning of SERVANT

Pronunciation:  'survunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
  2. [n]  in a subordinate position; "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics"; "the state cannot be a servant of the church"

SERVANT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: handmaid, handmaiden, retainer
 See Also: body servant, cabin boy, dogsbody, domestic, domestic help, factotum, familiar, flunkey, flunky, house servant, lackey, major-domo, manservant, menial, scullion, seneschal, servant girl, serving girl, subordinateness, subsidiarity, worker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Serv"ant\, n. [OE. servant, servaunt, F. servant, a &
    p. pr. of servir to serve, L. servire. See {Serve}, and cf.
    1. One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on
       compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial
       offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his
       command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the
       benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate
       helper. ``A yearly hired servant.'' --Lev. xxv. 53.
             Men in office have begun to think themselves mere
             agents and servants of the appointing power, and not
             agents of the government or the country. --D.
    Note: In a legal sense, stewards, factors, bailiffs, and
          other agents, are servants for the time they are
          employed in such character, as they act in
          subordination to others. So any person may be legally
          the servant of another, in whose business, and under
          whose order, direction, and control, he is acting for
          the time being. --Chitty.
    2. One in a state of subjection or bondage.
             Thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt. --Deut. v.
    3. A professed lover or suitor; a gallant. [Obs.]
             In my time a servant was I one.       --Chaucer.
    {Servant of servants}, one debased to the lowest condition of
    {Your humble servant}, or {Your obedient servant}, phrases of
       civility often used in closing a letter.
             Our betters tell us they are our humble servants,
             but understand us to be their slaves. --Swift.
  2. \Serv"ant\, v. t.
    To subject. [Obs.] --Shak.