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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hencheman, henseman, henxman(a groom, page, attendant), from Old English *hengstmann, *hengestmann(groom, literally horseman), from hengst, hengest(stallion, horse, steed, gelding) (from Proto-Germanic *hangistaz(stallion), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱanḱest-, *kankest-(horse)) + mann(man). Cognate with German Hengstmann(a groom), Icelandic hestamaður(horseman, groom). More at man.

NounEdit

henchman ‎(plural henchmen)

  1. A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate.
  2. A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
  3. A member of a criminal gang.
  4. (obsolete) A page to a prince or other person of high rank.

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