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

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

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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
a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
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
a man servant
a domestic servant
a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
servant girl, serving girl
a girl who is a servant
(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
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)
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
Type of:
a person who works at a specific occupation

n in a subordinate position

“the state cannot be a servant of the church”
handmaid, handmaiden
Type of:
subordinateness, subsidiarity
secondary importance

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