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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century


An assistant or servant, especially one working for a magician or scholar.

Examples of Famulus in a sentence

"Salem disliked being referred to as Sabrina's famulus."

"The magician summoned a famulus to handle the heavy-duty work around the castle."

About Famulus

While this noun originates from Latin, where "famulus" means "servant," it has since evolved to also reference being an assistant. If you are assisting your friend with a task, you might playfully refer to yourself as their famulus.

Did you Know?

If "famulus" sounds familiar, it might be because this word reminds you of the concept of a familiar — a magical companion often seen alongside witches and magic practitioners. While the most common familiar is the classic black cat, the toad is also a popular choice, especially in media.

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