• (British) IPA: /ˈsɜː(ɹ).ˌvaɪl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsəɹ.vəl/, /ˈsəɹ.ˌvaɪl/


  1. of or pertaining to a slave.
    • 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Thebais of Statius”, in The Works of Alexander Pope, London: H. Lintont et al., published 1751:
      Even fortune rules no more, O servile land!
  2. submissive or slavish.
    servile flattery; servile obedience
  3. (grammar) Not belonging to the original root.
    a servile letter
  4. (grammar) Not sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceding vowel, like the e in tune.
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servile (plural serviles)

  1. (grammar) An element which forms no part of the original root.
  2. A slave; a menial.

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