servant

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English servaunt, from Old French servant, from the present participle of the verb servir. Doublet of sergeant and servient. Morphologically serve +‎ -ant. Displaced native Old English þeġn.

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Noun[edit]

servant (plural servants)

  1. One who is hired to perform regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. As opposed to a slave.
    There are three servants in the household, the butler and two maids.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  2. One who serves another, providing help in some manner.
    She is quite the humble servant, the poor in this city owe much to her but she expects nothing.
  3. (religion) A person who dedicates themselves to God.
  4. (obsolete) A professed lover.
  5. A person of low condition or spirit.

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Verb[edit]

servant (third-person singular simple present servants, present participle servanting, simple past and past participle servanted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To subject.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French servant, a substantivized present participle of servir. Cf. also Latin serviens, and French sergent.

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Participle[edit]

servant

  1. present participle of servir

Noun[edit]

servant m (plural servants, feminine servante)

  1. servant

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

servant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of servō

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

servant

  1. Alternative form of servaunt

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

servant m (definite singular servanten, indefinite plural servanter, definite plural servantene)

  1. a washbasin
  2. a sink

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

servant m (definite singular servanten, indefinite plural servantar, definite plural servantane)

  1. a washbasin
  2. a sink

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Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

servant

  1. present participle of servir

Adjective[edit]

servant m (oblique and nominative feminine singular servant or servante)

  1. that serves; that fulfils a role

Noun[edit]

servant m (oblique plural servanz or servantz, nominative singular servanz or servantz, nominative plural servant)

  1. servant (one who serves)

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