Minion Min"ion, n. [F. mignon, fr. OHG. minni love, G. minne; akin to E. mind. See {Mind}, and cf. {Mignonette}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; -- in a good sense. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

God's disciple and his dearest minion. --Sylvester. [1913 Webster]

Is this the Athenian minion whom the world Voiced so regardfully? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Print.) A small kind of type, in size between brevier and nonpareil. [1913 Webster] [hand] This line is printed in minion type. [1913 Webster]

4. An ancient form of ordnance, the caliber of which was about three inches. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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