Minion



[min-yuh n] /ˈmɪn yən/

noun
1.
a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
2.
a favored or highly regarded person.
3.
a official.
4.
Printing. a 7-point type.
adjective
5.
dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.
/ˈmɪnjən/
noun
1.
a favourite or dependant, esp a servile or fawning one
2.
a servile agent: the minister’s minions
3.
a size of printer’s type, approximately equal to 7 point
adjective
4.
dainty, pretty, or elegant
n.

c.1500, “a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits” [Johnson], from Middle French mignon “a favorite, darling” (n.), also a term of (probably homosexual) abuse;” as an adjective, “dainty, pleasing, favorite,” from Old French mignot “pretty, attractive, dainty, gracious, affectionate,” perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Old Irish min “tender, soft”), or from Old High German minnja, minna “love, memory” (see mind (n.)). Used 16c.-17c. without disparaging overtones.

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