- 1A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.More example sentences
attendant, retainer; domestic help, domestic worker, domestic, help, cleaner, cleaning woman/lady, helper; lackey, flunkey, minion; maid, housemaid, maidservant, lady's maid, handmaid, parlour maid, scullery maid, serving maid, girl, maid-of-all-work; footman, page, page boy, valet, butler, man, gentleman's gentleman, batman, manservant, houseman, houseboy, boy; housekeeper, steward, major domo; coachman, postilion, equerry; menial, drudge, hireling, slave, galley slave; North American hired help; in Spanish-speaking countries mozo; Indian bearer, chokra, amah, baiSouth African , • chiefly historical jong• archaic seneschal, abigail, servitor, scullion, tweeny, servingman, servingwoman, serving wench, turnspit, varlet, vassal, serf• rare famulus
- Many girls are used as domestic servants and are prevented from attending school.
- Financially they were well enough established to be able to employ a domestic servant.
- Sometimes clients or their families treat caregivers as maids or domestic servants.
- 1.1A person employed in the service of a government: a government servant See also civil servant, public servant.More example sentences
- Being in public service exposes government servants to a lot of criticism, but praise, even if rare, is a great boost.
- Officers are employees and servants of the council and, in the last resort, take instructions from it.
- They also urged the public to come forwards with information in case they came across corrupt government servants.
- 1.2A devoted and helpful follower or supporter: he was a great servant of the Labour PartyMore example sentences
helper, supporter, follower
- This case also reminds me that even the most devoted servants of God are not over the Gospel but beneath it.
- The pattern made plain in the Saviour, and then the apostles, is to be followed by all his servants.
- He was a great servant of the Conservative Party, a devoted constituency member and a very good friend.
Middle English: from Old French, literally '(person) serving', present participle (used as a noun) of servir 'to serve'.