footman

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English[edit]

a footman of the household of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

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Middle English footman, fotman, foteman (foot soldier, running footman)

Noun[edit]

footman (plural footmen)

  1. (archaic) A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
  2. A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […]: Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.
  3. (historical) A servant who runs in front of his master's carriage.
  4. A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
  5. A moth of the family Lithosidae; -- so called from its livery-like colors.

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