One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who serves or attends on a social superior.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘One of the few Russian words to have entered the vocabulary of other languages, dacha originally meant a parcel of land given by the tsar to his aristocratic servitors.’
- ‘They saw themselves as the first servitors of the king, expected to manage local affairs in his name and share his prestige.’
- ‘He has no illusions about the atmosphere of terror and suspicion that pervaded even the elite and rendered all of its servitors vulnerable to unjustified and sudden persecution.’
- 1.1historical An Oxford undergraduate performing menial duties in exchange for assistance from college funds.
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin, from servit- ‘served’, from the verb servire (see serve).
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