from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is privately employed to perform domestic services.
- n. One who is publicly employed to perform services, as for a government.
- n. One who expresses submission, recognizance, or debt to another: your obedient servant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who serves another, providing help in some manner.
- n. One who is hired to perform regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. As opposed to a slave.
- v. To subject.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One in a state of subjection or bondage.
- n. A professed lover or suitor; a gallant.
- transitive v. To subject.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To subject; subordinate.
- To furnish with one or more servants.
- n. One who serves or attends, whether voluntarily or involuntarily; a person employed by another, and subject to his orders; one who exerts himself or herself, or labors, for the benefit of a master or an employer; an attendant; a subordinate assistant; an agent.
- n. Specifically
- n. A bondman or bondwoman; a slave.
- n. (b A person hired for a specified time to do manual or field labor; a laborer.
- n. A person in domestic service; a household or personal attendant; a domestic; a menial. An upper servant is one who has assistants under him or her, as a butler, a head cook, or a head coachman; an under servant is one who takes orders from an upper one, as an under-nurse, a scullery-maid, or a groom.
- n. One in a state of subjection.
- n. One who dedicates himself to the service of another; one who professes himself ready to do the will of another. See phrases below.
- n. A professed lover. The correlative term mistress is still in use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. in a subordinate position
- n. a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
Use, _I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant; Very respectfully, your most obedient servant_; etc., etc.
Yours truly; Truly yours; Yours respectfully; Very respectfully yours_, etc. In official letters use _I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant; Very respectfully, your most obedient servant_.
Not a single instance is recorded, of a servant being sold by any one but himself; not a case, either under the patriarchal, or the Mosaic systems, in which a _master sold his servant_.
"Thou shalt not deliver unto his master," &c., sets the servant free from his _authority_ and of course, from all those liabilities of injury, to which _as his servant_, he was subjected, but not from the obligation of legal contracts.
According to Paul, Philemon was to receive Onesimus "_not_ as a servant;" -- according to Stuart, he was to receive him "_as a servant_!"
"NOT _now as a servant, but above a servant_, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord."
St. Paul says, "The heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, [the Hebrew word translated _servant_ means _slave_] though he be lord of all."
_servant_, but _above_ a servant, a _brother beloved_, especially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
_servant_, but _above_ a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
If you want to hire a maid servant in this city, she will not allow you the title of _master_, or herself to be called a _servant_; and you may think yourself favoured if she condescends to inform you when she means to spend an evening abroad; if you grumble at all this, she will leave you at a moment's warning; after which you will find it very difficult to procure another on any terms.