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Encyclopedia > Servant (domestic)

A servant is a person who is hired to provide regular household or other duties, and receives compensation.


While often used synonymously with the more modern and Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...politically correct term " A poster featuring an illustration of a stereotypical uniformed maid A domestic worker is a servant who works within their employers household. ...domestic worker", there are nuances of meaning:

  • Servant was the term used exclusively through the mid_20th Century.
  • Servant includes workers both inside the home (e.g. a A maidservant or in current usage maid is a female employed in domestic service. ...maid) and outside (e.g. a stablehand).
  • Domestic worker includes industrial employees, such as those who work for Hotel is the letter H in the NATO phonetic alphabet. ...hotels or A cruise line is a company that operates cruise ships. ...cruise lines.
  • Servants are distinguishable from Costumes of Slaves or Serfs, from the Sixth to the Twelfth Centuries, collected by H. de Vielcastel, from original Documents in the great Libraries of Europe. ...serfs or The word slave has at least two meanings: People who are owned by others, and live to serve them without pay. ...slaves in that they are compensated, that is, they must receive payment (and, following labour reforms in the 20th Century) Social welfare can be taken to mean the welfare or well_being of a society. ...benefits) for their work. They are also free to leave their employment at any time, although social conditions have made that next to impossible in various eras.
  • An Indentured servant is an unfree labourer under contract to work (for a specified amount of time) for another person, often without any pay, but in exchange for accommodation, food, other essentials and/or free passage to a new country. ...Indentured servants are those who are bound to their employers for a specific length of time.
For the history of domestic service, see domestic service.
For the hierarchy of servants in a household, see A great house is a large and stately residence; the term encompasses different styles of dwelling in different countries. ...great house.

See also

  • The butler is a senior servant in a large household. ...butler
  • A chauffeur is someone who drives a car as a job, most often meaning a luxury car as a limousine or a stretch limo, although technically anybody who drives can be called a chauffeur; the word is simply French for professional driver. In some countries, particularly developing nations where a...chauffeur
  • A gardener is any person involved in the growing and maintenance of plants, notably in a garden. ...gardener
  • See also: A groom is a type of officer_servant in the British royal household. ...groom
  • A housekeeper is a person responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of (usually residential premises. ...housekeeper
  • lady's maid
  • A maidservant or in current usage maid is a female employed in domestic service. ...maid
  • A nanny is defined as a childs nurse. The traditional nanny was a servant in a great household and reported directly to the lady of the house. ...nanny
  • A tutor is a private instructor to teach a specific educational subject or skill to an individual student. ...tutor
  • A valet or gentlemans gentleman is a mans male servant. ...valet

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Table of Contents and Excerpt, Lauderdale Graham, House and Street (2742 words)
Or a slave woman, long the servant to a single family, might be treated with affection or regard, rewarded with her freedom, while a free woman with the right to leave whenever she chose could be viewed with suspicion and given little care.
To the extent that servants worked and lived under similar conditions, there might be little by which to distinguish free women from slaves: any servant might experience long hours of exhausting labor, damp quarters, inadequate diet, or the illnesses that generally characterized the life of the working poor.
Because the lives of servant women were so profoundly linked to the changes in urban life, dates that appropriately frame a history of the women also refer to a period of major reform that altered the city's physical and social landscape between 1860 and 1910.
Domestic worker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1031 words)
Servants are distinguishable from serfs or slaves in that they are compensated, that is, they must receive payment (and, following labour reforms in the 20th Century, benefits) for their work.
Domestic workers perform typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing, cleaning the house, buying foods and drinks, accompanying the female head of the household for grocery shopping, taking the family dog for a walk, and taking care of the children.
Domestic service reached its height during the Edwardian and Victorian ages in Great Britain and the Gilded Age in the United States.
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