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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Servant  \Serv"ant\,  n.  [OE.  servant,  servaunt,  F.  servant,  a  & 
  p.  pr  of  servir  to  serve,  L.  servire.  See  {Serve},  and  cf 
  {Sergeant}.] 
  1.  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.  ``A  yearly  hired  servant.''  --Lev.  xxv.  53. 
 
  Men  in  office  have  begun  to  think  themselves  mere 
  agents  and  servants  of  the  appointing  power,  and  not 
  agents  of  the  government  or  the  country.  --D. 
  Webster. 
 
  Note:  In  a  legal  sense  stewards,  factors,  bailiffs,  and 
  other  agents,  are  servants  for  the  time  they  are 
  employed  in  such  character,  as  they  act  in 
  subordination  to  others  So  any  person  may  be  legally 
  the  servant  of  another,  in  whose  business,  and  under 
  whose  order  direction,  and  control,  he  is  acting  for 
  the  time  being  --Chitty. 
 
  2.  One  in  a  state  of  subjection  or  bondage. 
 
  Thou  wast  a  servant  in  the  land  of  Egypt.  --Deut.  v. 
  15. 
 
  3.  A  professed  lover  or  suitor;  a  gallant.  [Obs.] 
 
  In  my  time  a  servant  was  I  one  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Servant  of  servants},  one  debased  to  the  lowest  condition  of 
  servitude. 
 
  {Your  humble  servant},  or  {Your  obedient  servant},  phrases  of 
  civility  often  used  in  closing  a  letter. 
 
  Our  betters  tell  us  they  are  our  humble  servants, 
  but  understand  us  to  be  their  slaves.  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Servant  \Serv"ant\,  v.  t. 
  To  subject.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  servant 
  n  1:  a  person  working  in  the  service  of  another  [syn:  {retainer}] 
  2:  in  a  subordinate  position;  "theology  should  be  the 
  handmaiden  of  ethics";  "the  state  cannot  be  a  servant  of 
  the  church"  [syn:  {handmaid},  {handmaiden}] 




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