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Definitions for minion
ˈmɪn yənmin·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minionnoun

    a servile or fawning dependant


  1. minionnoun

    A loyal servant of another, usually more powerful being.

    The archvillain deployed his minions to simultaneously rob every bank in the city.

  2. minionnoun

    A sycophantic follower

  3. minionnoun

    An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.

  4. minionadjective

    Favoured, beloved; "pet".

  5. Etymology: 1490, from mignon, from mignot, of origin, from *, from minþiō, from men-. Cognate with minnja, minnea. More at mind.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Minionnoun

    A favourite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits. A word of contempt, or of slight and familiar kindness.

    Etymology: mignon, French.

    Minion, said she; indeed I was a pretty one in those days; I see a number of lads that love you. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    They were made great courtiers, and in the way of minions, when advancement, the most mortal offence to envy, stirred up their former friend to overthrow them. Philip Sidney.

    One, who had been a special minion of Andromanas, hated us for having dispossessed him of her heart. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Go rate thy minions;
    Becomes it thee to be thus bold in terms
    Before thy sovereign. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Duncan’s horses,
    Beauteous and swift, the minions of the race,
    Turn’d wild in nature. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    His company must do his minions grace,
    Whilst I at home starve for a merry look. William Shakespeare.

    Edward sent one army into Ireland; not for conquest, but to guard the person of his minion Piers Gaveston. Davies.

    If a man should launch into the history of human nature, we should find the very minions of princes linked in conspiracies against their master. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    The drowsy tyrant by his minions led,
    To regal rage devotes some patriot’s head. Jonathan Swift.


  1. minion

    A minion is generally referred to as a person who is subservient to another and carries out their orders unquestioningly. Often, the term is used negatively to describe someone who is servile and lacks power or importance. It can also refer to a figure, follower, or underling who is dependent on a powerful person or organization. The term has been popularized by its use in media, such as the animated movie franchise "Despicable Me," where minions are small, yellow, cylindrical creatures with one or two eyes known for their childlike behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minionnoun


  2. Minionnoun

    a loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; -- in a good sense

  3. Minionnoun

    an obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite

  4. Minionnoun

    a small kind of type, in size between brevier and nonpareil

  5. Minionnoun

    an ancient form of ordnance, the caliber of which was about three inches

  6. Minionadjective

    fine; trim; dainty

  7. Etymology: [See 2d Minion.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minion

    min′yun, n. a darling, a favourite, esp. of a prince: a flatterer: a fawning favourite: (print.) a small kind of type, about 10½ lines to the inch, between nonpareil and brevier. [Fr. mignon, a darling—Old High Ger. minna, minne, love.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. minion

    An old four-pounder gun about 7 feet long. Its point-blank range was 120 paces, with a random one of 1500. Bourne, in 1578, mentions the minion as requiring shot 3 inches in diameter.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. minion

    An ancient form of ordnance of small size, the caliber of which was about 3 inches.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minion is ranked #45026 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Minion surname appeared 476 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Minion.

    71% or 338 total occurrences were White.
    24.1% or 115 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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