American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that performs the duties of a servant to another; an attendant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who serves or attends; a subordinate; a follower; an adherent.
- n. Specifically.
- n. A male domestic servant; a menial.
- n. (b ) One who serves in the army; a soldier.
- n. Formerly, at Oxford University, an undergraduate who was partly supported by the college funds, who was distinguished by peculiar dress, and whose duty it was to wait at table on the fellows and gentlemen commoners. This class of scholars no longer exists, and practically has not existed for a century. The statement of Thackeray below is inexact, inasmuch as the Oxford servitors did not correspond to the Cambridge sizars, but to the subsizars.
- n. (d ) One who professes duty or service: formerly used in phrases of civility.
- n. one who performs the duties of a servant.
- n. one who serves in an army; a soldier.
- n. an undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who serves; a servant; an attendant; one who acts under another; a follower or adherent.
- n. (Univ. of Oxford, Eng.) An undergraduate, partly supported by the college funds, whose duty it formerly was to wait at table. A
servitorcorresponded to a sizarin Cambridge and Dublin universities.
- n. someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
- From Middle English servitour, from Latin servītor, from Latin servīre, to serve (Wiktionary)
- Middle English servitour, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin servītor, from servīre, to serve; see serve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Conan dismounted and the page called a servitor, who came running to receive the stallion's rein.”
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