- The definition of a minion is an unimportant person who follows or serves someone more important.
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
- Obsolete 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 (â€œlover, royal favourite, darlingâ€), from Old French mignot (â€œdainty, pleasing, gentle, kindâ€), from Frankish *minnijo (â€œlove, friendship, affection, memoryâ€), from Proto-Germanic *minÃ¾ijÅ, *mindijÅ (â€œaffectionate thought, careâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnÄ- (â€œto thinkâ€). Cognate with Old High German minnja (â€œlove, care, affection, desire, memoryâ€), Old Saxon minnea (â€œloveâ€). More at mind.