noun: 1. a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties. 2. a person in the service of another. 3. a person employed by the government: a public servant. 4. a person employed to work for another, esp one who performs household duties. 5. one that serves others: a public servant. 6. one that performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer. public servant: 1. a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service. 2. an elected or appointed holder of a public office. 3. Australian and NZ. a member of the public service. British equivalent: civil servant. civil servant: 1. a civil-service employee. 2. a member of the civil service. civil service: 1. those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services. 2. the body of persons employed in these branches. 3. a system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage. 4. the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the civil service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments. 5. the members of the civil service collectively. 6. The nonmilitary personnel who work for a government, applying its laws and regulations. public office: an office created by a constitution or legislative act, having a definite tenure, and involving the power to carry out some governmental function. Examples: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. —Proverbs 11:29 KJB. // The wealthy family had servants to clean and cook for them. —Merriam-Webster. Related Words: assistant, attendant, slave, helper, help, dependent, hireling, domestic, serf, minion, retainer, drudge, menial, server, live-in. Synonyms: daily [British], domestic, flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), lackey, menial, retainer, slavey, steward. Antonyms: master, mistress. Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present participle of servir to serve; see -ant. C13: via Old French, from servant serving, from servir to serve. First Known Use: 13th century. History and Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of servir. Source 1, Source 2, Source 3.