servitor

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See also: servitör and servitør

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English servitour, borrowed from Latin servītor, from servīre, present active infinitive of serviō (I serve).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɜɹ.vɪ.təɹ/, /ˈsɜɹ.vɪ.tɔɹ/
  • AHD: /sûr'vĭ-tôr'/

Noun[edit]

servitor (plural servitors)

  1. One who performs the duties of a servant.
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 3, page 89:
      The button-covered servitor had no doubt but that his sovereign's answer would be in reply, "Then he may go;" but he was mistaken, for Lady Anne had discovered that she looked well in her beautiful lace nightcaps, as most people do when their flesh has fallen away, and they are verging to the lantern jaw;...
    • 1885, Percival Lowell, “On Hats”, in Chosön: The Land of the Morning Calm: A Sketch of Korea, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Company, OCLC 57495027, page 346:
      Several days passed by, and to all appearance we had quite forgotten our poor old servitor, – so heartless in remembrance is weak humanity to its nearest and dearest, – when, in course of time, it got to be New Year's eve, and we were sitting in our study, awaiting the cook's preparations for dinner, when suddenly we heard a noise as of much tramping.
    • 1927, The Saturday Evening Post (volume 200, page 150)
      He heard Rogers' voice raised in the reception room; he stepped to the doorway and saw his servitor arguing with an elderly and trampish man who had got in somehow.
  2. One who serves in an army; a soldier.
  3. (historical) An undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1884, W.S. Gilbert, Princess Ida
    "You'll find no sizars here, or servitors/or other cruel distinctions meant to draw/a line 'twixt rich and poor"
  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 22
    The servitors waxed silent, each lost in introspection, until the rattle of the Valmouth cab announced the expected guest.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From servus (slave) +‎ -tor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

servītor m (genitive servītōris); third declension

  1. a servant, a servitor

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative servītor servītōrēs
Genitive servītōris servītōrum
Dative servītōrī servītōribus
Accusative servītōrem servītōrēs
Ablative servītōre servītōribus
Vocative servītor servītōrēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • servitor”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • servitor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French serviteur, Italian servitore, Latin servītor, equivalent to servi +‎ -tor.

Noun[edit]

servitor m (plural servitori, feminine equivalent servitoare)

  1. servant, attendant, domestic, retainer, manservant

Synonyms[edit]