A domestic worker, domestic helper, domestic servant, manservant or menial, is a person who works within the employer’s household. Domestic helpers perform a variety of household services for an individual or a family, from providing care for children and elderly dependents to housekeeping, including cleaning and household maintenance. Other responsibilities may include cooking, laundry and ironing, shopping for food and other household errands. Such work has always needed to be done but before the Industrial Revolution and the advent of labour saving devices, it was physically much harder.
Some domestic helpers live within their employer’s household. In some cases, the contribution and skill of servants whose work encompassed complex management tasks in large households have been highly valued. However, for the most part, domestic work, while necessary, is demanding and undervalued. Although legislation protecting domestic workers is in place in many countries, it is often not extensively enforced. In many jurisdictions, domestic work is poorly regulated and domestic workers are subject to serious abuses, including slavery.Servant is an older English word for “domestic worker”, though not all servants worked inside the home. Domestic service, or the employment of people for wages in their employer’s residence, was sometimes simply called “service” and has often been part of a hierarchical system. In Britain a highly developed system of domestic service peaked towards the close of the Victorian era, perhaps reaching its most complicated and rigidly structured state during the Edwardian period (a period known in the US as the Gilded Age and in France as the Belle Époque), which reflected the limited social mobility before World War I.
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One who is hired to perform regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. As opposed to a slave.
“There are three servants in the household, the butler and two maids.”
One who serves another, providing help in some manner.
“She is quite the humble servant, the poor in this city owe much to her but she expects nothing.”
A person who dedicates themselves to God.
A professed lover.
A person of low condition or spirit.