minion NOUN a servile or unimportant follower of a powerful person.
ORIGIN from French mignon 'pretty, dainty, sweet' ; the term was originally used in a derogatory way to refer to a homoerotic relationship between a male minion and his patron.

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  • Minion — Min ion, a. [See 2d {Minion}.] Fine; trim; dainty. [Obs.] Their . . . minion dancing. Fryth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • minion — MINIÓN s.n. (Poligr.) Colonel. [pron. nion. / < fr. mignon, germ. Mignon]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 19.11.2008. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • minion — (n.) c.1500, a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits [Johnson], from M.Fr. mignon a favorite, darling (n.), also a term of (probably homosexual) abuse; as an adjective, dainty, pleasing, favorite, from O.Fr.… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • minion — minion1 [min′yən] n. [Fr mignon, favorite, darling: see MIGNON] 1. a favorite, esp. one who is a fawning, servile follower: term of contempt 2. a subordinate official, deputy, or the like 3. Obs. a mistress or paramour adj. Rare delicate, dainty …   English World dictionary

  • Minion — A minion is a follower devoted to serving his/her master relentlessly. Minion may refer to: Contents 1 Computing 2 Arts and entertainment …   Wikipedia

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