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Servants

amah

noun

a woman who is a servant or whose job is to look after her employer’s children in southern and eastern Asia

batman

noun

an officer’s servant in the British armed forces

butler

noun

the most important male servant in a rich person’s house, whose job is to organize the other servants, to welcome guests, to pour wine at meals etc

cabin boy

noun

a boy who worked on a ship as a servant in the past

char

noun

a charwoman

domestic service

noun

the work of being a servant in someone’s house, especially in the past

footman

noun

a male servant, especially in the past, who wore a uniform and opened doors for people

girl

noun

a young woman who works as a servant or in a shop, office etc

handmaiden

noun

a woman who is someone’s servant

help

noun

a person or people that someone pays to work for them in their house

houseboy

noun

a boy or man who works as a servant in someone’s house. Many people now consider this word to be offensive.

housemaid

noun

a woman servant whose job is to keep someone’s house clean and tidy

Jeeves

noun

a man who is a personal servant for another man

khansama

noun

a male servant who cooks and often is also responsible for taking care of the house and organizing other servants

maidservant

noun

an old word meaning ‘a woman employed as a servant’

man

noun

a servant

manservant

noun

an old word meaning ‘a man who is a servant, especially to another man’

master

noun

a man who has control over servants or other people who work for him

mistress

noun

a woman who is in charge of a house and servants

page

noun

a boy whose job was to be the servant of someone of a high social class in the past

parlourmaid

noun

a woman servant in a large house in the past whose job included serving meals

retainer

noun

a servant, especially one who has worked for someone from a high social class for a long time

serf

noun

in the past, someone who lived and worked on land belonging to another person and who could not leave without that person’s permission

serfdom

noun

the condition of being a serf

servant

noun

someone whose job is to cook, clean, or do other work in someone else’s home

servitor

noun

an old word meaning a ‘servant’

skivvy

noun

a servant. This word is now used mainly for saying that someone is treated as if they were a servant

valet

noun

a man whose job is to look after another man’s clothes and cook his meals

wench

noun

an old word for a ‘young woman’, often a servant

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