Definition of servant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvənt//
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  1. 1  a person who works in another person’s house, and cooks, cleans, etc. for them a domestic servant They treat their mother like a servant.
  2. 2a person who works for a company or an organization a public servant see also civil servant
  3. 3a person or thing that is controlled by something He was willing to make himself a servant of his art.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, literally ‘(person) serving’, present participle (used as a noun) of servir ‘to serve’.Extra examples An army of servants waited on the general’s household. He banishes Kent, a loyal servant to King Lear. Servants scurried around him. The duchess arrived, surrounded by her army of servants. a powerful committee of politicians and civil servants She got a job as a domestic servant.Idioms (old use) used to end a formal letter
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