What does servant mean?

Definitions for servant
ˈsɜr vəntser·vant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. servant, retainernoun

    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)

  2. handmaid, handmaiden, servantnoun

    in a subordinate position

    "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics"; "the state cannot be a servant of the church"


  1. servantnoun

    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.

  2. servantnoun

    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.

  3. Etymology: servant, originally the present participle of servir

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Servantnoun

    Etymology: servant, French; servus, Latin.

    We are one in fortune; both
    Fell by our servants, by those men we lov’d most. William Shakespeare.

    I had rather be a country servant maid,
    Than a great queen with this condition. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    He disdain’d not
    Thenceforth the form of servant to assume. John Milton.

    For master or for servant here to call
    Was all alike, where only two were all. Dryden.

    Being unprepar’d,
    Our will became the servant to defect,
    Which else should free have wrong’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This subjection, due from all men to all men, is something more than the compliment of course, when our betters tell us they are our humble servants, but understand us to be their slaves. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Servantverb

    To subject. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    My affairs
    Are servanted to others: though I owe
    My revenge properly, remission lies
    In Volscian breasts. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servantnoun

    one who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper

  2. Servantnoun

    one in a state of subjection or bondage

  3. Servantnoun

    a professed lover or suitor; a gallant

  4. Servantverb

    to subject

  5. Etymology: [OE. servant, servaunt, F. servant, a & p. pr. of servir to serve, L. servire. See Serve, and cf. Sergeant.]


  1. Servant

    Servant was a Christian rock group that grew out of the counter-culture Jesus Movement of the sixties and seventies. The band was founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 1976 by Jim Palosaari and performed to audiences throughout North America, Europe and Australia for over 12 years. Originally named "Higher Ground", the group quickly changed their name to Servant. They were known for challenging the Christian church to turn back to social justice and caring for the poor. A Servant rock concert was like a festival event. The band was known to incorporate comedy and short skits in their sets on stage. Servant was also the first Christian rock group to use laser lights, flame tubes, fireworks, fog machines, in addition to an extensive light show and quadraphonic sound. In the early 1980s some critics considered Servant's theatrics, light shows, smoke-bombs and flash-pot stage performances too raucous to be authentically Christian. However, the band's mission was to reach the ears and hearts of those who might not feel so comfortable in church buildings. Shying away from the praise lyrics and easy-listening rock styles that typified most contemporary Christian music at the time, Servant instead attempted to offer edgy, rhythmic, passionate rock and an aggressive stage performance filled with an evangelistic Christian message, and spiced with strong social commentaries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Servant

    sėr′vant, n. one who is in the service of another: a labourer: a domestic: one dedicated to God: (B.) a slave: one of low condition or spirit: a professed lover: a word of mere civility, as in 'your humble' or 'obedient servant' in letters, petitions, &c.—v.t. to subject.—ns. Ser′vant-girl, Ser′vant-maid, a female domestic servant; Ser′vant-man, a male servant; Ser′vantry, servants collectively; Ser′vantship, position or relation of a servant.—Servant out of livery, a servant of a higher grade, as a major-domo or butler; Servants' call, a whistle to call attendants; Servants' hall, the room in a house where the servants eat together. [Fr., pr.p. of servir, to serve—L. servīre, to serve.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'servant' in Nouns Frequency: #964

Anagrams for servant »

  1. taverns

  2. versant

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of servant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of servant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of servant in a Sentence

  1. Mahatma Gandhi:

    President means chief servant

  2. Thomas Fuller:

    If thou are a master, be sometimes blind if a servant, sometimes deaf.

  3. General Omar Nelson Bradley:

    Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

  4. Caecilius Statius:

    Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.

  5. Stu Barnes-Israel:

    I’m honored to earn the support of Senator Cotton, i was born and raised in southern Indiana, and Hoosiers know the type of Congressman we need today. Someone who will restore common sense, conservative values in Washington—a servant-leader.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. incumbent
    • B. aculeate
    • C. elusive
    • D. butch

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