Menial



[mee-nee-uh l, meen-yuh l] /ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəl/

adjective
1.
lowly and sometimes degrading:
menial work.
2.
servile; submissive:
menial attitudes.
3.
pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble:
menial furnishings.
noun
4.
a domestic servant.
5.
a servile person.
/ˈmiːnɪəl/
adjective
1.
consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
2.
of, involving, or befitting servants
3.
servile
noun
4.
a domestic servant
5.
a servile person
adj.

late 14c., “pertaining to a household,” from Anglo-French meignial, from Old French mesnie “household,” earlier mesnede, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansionem “dwelling” (see mansion). Sense of “lowly, humble, suited to a servant” is recorded by 1670s.
n.

“domestic servant,” late 14c., meynyal; see menial (adj.).

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