ETYM Old Eng. servant, servaunt, French servant, a and p. pr. of servir to serve, Latin servire. Related to Serve, Sergeant.
A person working in the service of another; SYN. retainer.
The, Film 1963, scripted by playwright Harold Pinter and directed by American expatriate Joseph Losey. It follows the power-play between a wealthy young man (James Fox) and his scheming manservant (Dirk Bogarde) as the latter switches roles on his master. A keenly observed comment on the British class system, the film also addresses the frailty of the human condition and its spiritual bankruptcy.