- The definition of a butler is the head servant in a household who tends to the needs of the household that employs him.
A man who answers the door and serves dinner to the homeowners and guests is an example of a butler.
A butler serves champagne.
Origin of butlerMiddle English boteler ; from Old French bouteillier, cupbearer ; from bouteille, bottle
- Butler, Benjamin Franklin 1818-93; U.S. politician & Union general in the Civil War
- Butler, Joseph 1692-1752; Eng. theologian & bishop
- Butler, Samuel 1612-80; Eng. satirical poet
- Butler, Samuel 1835-1902; Eng. novelist
Origin of butlerMiddle English, from Old French bouteillier, bottle bearer, from bouteille, botele, bottle; see bottle.
(third-person singular simple present butlers, present participle butlering, simple past and past participle butlered)
- To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.
From Old French butiller (“officer in charge of wine”). See bottle.