servantry


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Related to servantry: servitude, servantship

servantry

(ˈsɜːvəntrɪ)
n, pl -ries
servants collectively, esp the servants of a particular establishment as a body

Servantry

 a body of servants, 1860. See also retinue.
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It was evidently the gentleman's wish not to be disturbed in this pleasant TETE-A-TETE by the servantry.
The need for labor in Great Britain's North American colonies and the lucrative-ness of the maritime trade industry may explain why colonists saw nothing incongruent with exchanging commodities for servantry.
This confidential remark reveals a rather insistent and unusual attitude that will be duplicated in Gertrudis's continual visits to the home of Ramiro and Rosa and, after Rosa's death, her decision to move in with the family so as to take care of the children and to make sure that both they and the servantry are shielded from any sign of the increased sensuality that will be the byproduct of their widowed father's thwarted sex drive.