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footman (plural footmen)
- (archaic) A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
- A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in 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.
- (historical) A servant who runs in front of his master's carriage.
- A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
- A moth of the family Lithosidae; -- so called from its livery-like colors.
A soldier who marches and fights on foot — see foot soldier
a male servant whose duties are to attend the door
a servant who ran in front of his master's carriage