Definitions

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

  • n. One that performs the duties of a servant to another; an attendant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who serves; a servant; an attendant; one who acts under another; a follower or adherent.
  • n. An undergraduate, partly supported by the college funds, whose duty it formerly was to wait at table. A servitor corresponded to a sizar in Cambridge and Dublin universities.

from The 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.

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

  • n. someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else

Etymologies

Middle English servitour, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin servītor, from servīre, to serve; see serve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English servitour, from Latin servītor, from Latin servīre, to serve (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The actors find that out; he is admitted within the house as a "servitor" -- a call-boy, if you like; an apprentice, if you please.

    Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown

  • Conan dismounted and the page called a servitor, who came running to receive the stallion's rein.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • The ubiquitous Nerio arrived, following a boy and a smaller girl, almost as though the servitor were a rear guard.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • Where the Gloss: "Every one leaves a little portion in the dish, and gives it to those that serve; which is called the servitor's part."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Now it is likely that you have done this with a swagger and have called your servitor "old top" or other playful name.

    Journeys to Bagdad

  • Poor man! it was very unfair, for Mr.C. H--- had told me during our ride that his servitor was a

    Station Amusements

  • If it is so, then it is only right that his eyes should be opened to the kind of servitor he is harbouring.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • The term "servitor" then does not refer to his theatrical capacity -- as stated by Halliwell-Phillipps -- but to his legal relations with James Burbage, his employer.

    Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592

  • There were cooks, laundresses, waiters, valets, lackeys, coachmen, body-servants, and lady's-maids; every kind of servitor which ingenuity could devise or luxury demand.

    Watch and Wait or The Young Fugitives

  • Dag Daughtry had lowered his leprous servitor into the waiting launch.

    CHAPTER X

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