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See also: Butler
- enPR: bŭtʹ-lər, IPA(key): /ˈbʌtləɹ/
- (UK) IPA(key): [ˈbʌt.lə(ɹ)]
- (US) IPA(key): [ˈbʌt.lɚ]
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- Rhymes: -ʌtlə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: but‧ler
butler (plural butlers)
- A manservant having charge of wines and liquors.
- 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, chapter 2, in Filibuster:
- “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. …"
- A valet, a male personal attendant.
- buttle (backformation)
manservant having charge of wines and liquors
chief male servant
- To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.