Origin of butlerMiddle English boteler from Old French bouteillier, cupbearer from bouteille, bottle
A butler serves champagne.
A man who answers the door and serves dinner to the homeowners and guests is an example of a butler.
- 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
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.
- Butler tries to do this.
- A butler took her coat.
- These latter the butler thrust mysteriously forward, wrapped in a napkin, from behind the next man's shoulders and whispered: "Dry Madeira"...
- Foka, the butler, was the most ill-tempered person in the house.
- Hannah looked up as the butler let her in, her smile turning to a frown.