Sérvant. n.s. [servant, French; servus, Latin.]
- One who attends another, and acts at his command. The correlative of master.
We are one in fortune; both
Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd most. Shakesp.
I had rather be a country servant maid,
Than a great queen with this condition. Shak. R. III.
He disdain'd not
Thenceforth the form of servant to assume. Milton.
For master or for servant here to call
Was all alike, where only two were all. Dryden.
- One in a state of subjection. Unusual.
Our will became the servant to defect,
Which else should free have wrong'd. Shak. Macbeth.
- A word of civility used to superiours or equals.
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. Swift.