Meaning of henchman

hench•man

Pronunciation: (hench'mun), [key]
— pl. -men.
  1. an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a criminal: The leader of the gang went everywhere accompanied by his henchmen.
  2. an unscrupulous supporter or adherent of a political figure or cause, esp. one motivated by the hope of personal gain: Hitler and his henchmen.
  3. a trusted attendant, supporter, or follower.
  4. a squire or page.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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