1490, from Middle French mignon (“lover, royal favourite, darling”), from Old French mignot (“dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind”), from Frankish *minnjo (“love, friendship, affection, memory”), from Proto-Germanic *minþiō, *mindiō (“affectionate thought, care”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German minnja (“love, care, affection, desire, memory”), Old Saxon minnea (“love”). More at mind.
minion (plural minions)
- A loyal servant of another, usually a more powerful being.
- The archvillain deployed his minions to simultaneously rob every bank in the city.
- A sycophantic follower