Meaning of famulus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfamjʊləs/

nounplural noun famuli/ˈfamjʊlʌɪ/ /ˈfamjʊliː/

  • An assistant or servant, especially one working for a magician or scholar.

    ‘Gershom Scholem has pointed out that the Golem himself functions as a Famulus (servant), a tradition arising with 15th- or 16-century Jewish folktales.’
    • ‘A famulus or famula was a household servant or hand-maid, slave or free. In some ways they were considered members of the larger family.’
    attendant, retainer


Mid 19th century from Latin, ‘servant’.