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1archaic A person who serves or attends on a social superior.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1historical An Oxford undergraduate performing menial duties in exchange for assistance from college funds.servant, domestic servant, domestic, drudge, maid of all work
Middle English via Old French from late Latin, from servit- ‘served’, from the verb servire (see serve).
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