servant

A servant works at someone’s home, often doing lowly tasks. You might feel like a servant when your mom insists that you do the dishes before you can do anything fun, but think how she feels cooking dinner every day!

If you’re a servant, you serve someone else. In that 1930s mystery novel, chances are the rich family had servants to set the table and do the laundry. Nowadays, calling someone who does those things a servant has an insulting connotation. If you think your hard work gets no respect, you might feel like a servant. But people who work for the government like to be called "public servants," because they serve the good of public and not themselves.

Definitions of servant
  1. noun
    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
    synonyms: retainer
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    body servant
    a valet or personal maid
    cabin boy
    a young man acting as a servant on a ship
    domestic, domestic help, house servant
    a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
    factotum
    a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
    familiar
    a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
    flunkey, flunky, lackey
    a male servant (especially a footman)
    major-domo, seneschal
    the chief steward or butler of a great household
    manservant
    a man servant
    menial
    a domestic servant
    scullion
    a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
    servant girl, serving girl
    a girl who is a servant
    ayah
    (in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
    butler, pantryman
    a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table
    footman
    a man employed as a servant in a large establishment (as a palace) to run errands and do chores
    home help
    a person hired to help in another's home (especially one employed by a local authority to help the infirm with domestic work)
    housekeeper
    a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a household
    amah, housemaid, maid, maidservant
    a female domestic
    skivvy, slavey
    a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work
    gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, man, valet, valet de chambre
    a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
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    worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
  2. noun
    in a subordinate position
    “the state cannot be a servant of the church”
    synonyms: handmaid, handmaiden
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    subordinateness, subsidiarity
    secondary importance
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