1490, from Middle French mignon (“lover, royal favourite, darling”), from Old French mignot (“dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind”), from Frankish *minnijo (“love, friendship, affection, memory”), from Proto-Germanic *minþijō, *mindijō (“affectionate thought, care”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German minnja (“love, care, affection, desire, memory”), Old Saxon minnea (“love”). More at mind.
minion (plural minions)
- A loyal servant of another, usually a more powerful being.
- The archvillain deployed his minions to simultaneously rob every bank in the city.
- A sycophantic follower.
- (obsolete) A loved one; one highly esteemed and favoured.
- God's disciple and his dearest minion
- William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, IV-III
- Is this the Athenian minion whom the world / Voiced so regardfully?
- (obsolete) An ancient form of ordnance with a calibre of about three inches.
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- (typography, uncountable) A size of type smaller than brevier but larger than nonpareil, roughly equivalent to 7pt.
- Obsolete form of minimum.
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