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servant

Syllabification: serv·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈsərvənt
 
/

Definition of servant in English:

noun

1A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
domestic (worker), (hired) help, cleaner;
lackey, flunky, minion;
maid, housemaid, footman, page (boy), valet, butler, manservant;
housekeeper, steward;
drudge, menial, slave, water boy
archaic scullion
1.1A person employed in the service of a government. See also civil servant, public servant.
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: a tireless servant of God
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
helper, supporter, follower

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, literally '(person) serving', present participle (used as a noun) of servir 'to serve'.

Derivatives

servanthood

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌho͝od/
noun
Example sentences
  • Within our congregations, we want to hear, feel, sense, and see this expression of servanthood - that serving God is a blessing and an opportunity to be used by God.
  • Through personal stories, scripture, and reflection, the authors speak about how we can better incorporate servanthood into our daily lives.
  • Instead, he longed for role models for servanthood.

Words that rhyme with servant

fervent, observant

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