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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant.
  • n. A subordinate official, especially a servile one.
  • n. One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loyal servant of another, usually a more powerful being.
  • n. A sycophantic follower
  • adj. Favoured, beloved; "pet".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fine; trim; dainty.
  • n. Minimum.
  • n. A loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; -- in a good sense.
  • n. An obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite.
  • n. A small kind of type, in size between brevier and nonpareil.
  • n. An ancient form of ordnance, the caliber of which was about three inches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which is beloved; a favorite; a darling.
  • n. An intriguing favorite; one who gains grace by vile or unworthy means; a servile creature.
  • n. Hence A pert or saucy girl or woman; one who is too bold or forward; a minx.
  • n. A small printing-type, about 10½ lines to the inch, intermediate between the sizes nonpareil (smaller) and brevier (larger).
  • n. A type of cannon in use in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
  • Fine; trim; dainty; delicate.
  • n. An obsolete variant of minium.
  • n. The sittings of ironstone after calcination at the iron-furnaces.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a servile or fawning dependant

Etymologies

French mignon, darling, from Old French mignot, mignon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1490, from Middle French mignon ("lover, royal favourite, darling"), from Old French mignot ("dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind"), from Frankish *minnjo (“love, friendship, affection, memory”), from Proto-Germanic *minþiō, *mindiō (“affectionate thought, care”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German minnja ("love, care, affection, desire, memory"), Old Saxon minnea ("love"). More at mind. (Wiktionary)

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