An example of a minion is a maid who takes care of a queen or king.
- a favorite, esp. one who is a fawning, servile follower: term of contempt
- a subordinate official, deputy, or the like
- Obs. a mistress or paramour
Origin of minionFrench mignon, favorite, darling: see mignon
- An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant.
- A subordinate official, especially a servile one.
- One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.
Origin of minionFrench mignon darling from Old French mignot, mignon
- A loyal servant of another, usually a more powerful being.
- The archvillain deployed his minions to simultaneously rob every bank in the city.
- A sycophantic follower.
- William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, IV-III
- Is this the Athenian minion whom the world / Voiced so regardfully?
- (typography, uncountable) A size of type smaller than brevier but larger than nonpareil, roughly equivalent to 7pt.
1490, from Middle French mignon (“lover, royal favourite, darling"), from Old French mignot (“dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind"), from Frankish *minnijo (“love, friendship, affection, memory"), from Proto-Germanic *minÃ¾ijÅ, *mindijÅ (“affectionate thought, care"), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnÄ- (“to think"). Cognate with Old High German minnja (“love, care, affection, desire, memory"), Old Saxon minnea (“love"). More at mind.