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boarding school mignon[edit]

I encountered the meaning of "mignon" as a status in boarding school for girls.

It was described as a younger girl who used to fag for an older girl.

A sort of servant.

The younger girls were called mignons.

Does anyone recognize this meaning? --Livingtale 13:59, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Are you sure it wasn't just minion? Ever see it in writing? Robert Ullmann 13:52, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
(Incidentally, mignon and minion are effectively the same word.) Widsith 13:55, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
positive Mignon (and mignons); it was stated as a commonly used term; Victorian time, by the way --Livingtale 13:59, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
Oh this is in a book? Can you provide any references? Well, mignon was certainly used as a noun in previous times, although usually when talking about France. In particular the "court favourites" of Henry III are usually known as "mignons". It may have been some kind of local slang based on this usage....I will try and add an English section to the page. Widsith 14:04, 22 July 2008 (UTC)