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Definition of "menial" []

  • Of or relating to work or a job regarded as servile. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or appropriate for a servant. (adjective)
  • A servant, especially a domestic servant. (noun)
  • A person who has a servile or low nature. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "menial" in a sentence
  • "It is noteworthy that the Tahitian does not distinguish between what we call menial labor and other work."
  • "Only as a menial is the Colored American to be seen – the Nation's deliberate and cowardly tribute to the Southern demand "to keep the Negro in his place.""
  • "But even these numbers are misleading, as many of those on staff serve in menial jobs such as cooks or gardeners."