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servant

ser·vant

servant

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr vnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person, such as a maid or cook, who has a job working in someone else's home.
It took many servants to prepare the banquets and to take care of such a large house.
 
similar words:
attendant
definition 2: a person hired to provide services to others.
A policeman is a public servant.
derivations: servantless (adj.), servantlike (adj.)
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The word servant contains the following parts:
serv2 Latin root that means slave
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.