butler

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French butiller (officer in charge of wine). [1] See bottle.

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Noun[edit]

butler (plural butlers)

  1. A manservant having charge of wines and liquors.
  2. The chief male servant of a household who has charge of other employees, receives guests, directs the serving of meals, and performs various personal services.
    • 1929, Baldwyn Dyke Acland, Filibuster, Chapter 2
      “One marble hall, with staircase complete, one butler and three flunkeys to receive a retired sojer who dares to ring the bell. D'you know, old boy, I gave my bowler to the butler, whangee to one flunkey, gloves to another, and there was the fourth poor blighter looking like an orphan at a Mothers' Meeting. …"
  3. A valet, a male personal attendant.

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Verb[edit]

butler (third-person singular simple present butlers, present participle butlering, simple past and past participle butlered)

  1. To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Etymonline