A manservant, now usually the head servant of a household, in charge of wines, pantry, table silver, etc.
1818-93; U.S. politician & Union general in the Civil War.
1692-1752; Eng. theologian & bishop.
1612-80; Eng. satirical poet.
1835-1902; Eng. novelist.
The head servant in a household who is usually in charge of food service, the care of silverware, and the deportment of the other servants.
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.
Origin of butler
Middle English from Old French bouteillier bottle bearer from bouteille, botele bottle bottle