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Webster 1913 Edition


Servitor

Serv′i-tor

,
Noun.
[L., fr.
servire
to serve: cf. F.
serviteur
.]
1.
One who serves; a servant; an attendant; one who acts under another; a follower or adherent.
Your trusty and most valiant
servitor
.
Shakespeare
2.
(Univ. of Oxford, Eng.)
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Servitor

SERV'ITOR

,
Noun.
[From L. servio, to serve.]
1. A servant; an attendant.
2. One that acts under another; a follower or adherent.
3. One that professes duty and obedience.
4. In the university of Oxford, a student who attends on another for his maintenance and learning; such as is called in Cambridge, a sizer.

Definition 2022


servitor

servitor

See also: servitör

English

Noun

servitor (plural servitors)

  1. One who performs the duties of a servant.
    • 1927, The Saturday Evening Post (volume 200, page 150)
      He heard Rogers' voice raised in the reception room; he stepped to the doorway and saw his servitor arguing with an elderly and trampish man who had got in somehow.
  2. One who serves in an army; a soldier.
  3. (historical) An undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University.

Quotations

  • 1884, W.S. Gilbert, Princess Ida
    "You'll find no sizars here, or servitors/or other cruel distinctions meant to draw/a line 'twixt rich and poor"
  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 22
    The servitors waxed silent, each lost in introspection, until the rattle of the Valmouth cab announced the expected guest.

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from French serviteur, Italian servitore, Latin servītor, equivalent to servi + -tor.

Noun

servitor m (plural servitori, feminine equivalent servitoare)

  1. servant, attendant, domestic, retainer, manservant

Synonyms