Butler meaning

bŭtlər
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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.
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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.

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(person) 1835-1902; Eng. novelist.
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A manservant having charge of wines and liquors.
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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.
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A valet, a male personal attendant.
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To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.
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An English and Irish occupational surname for someone who was a butler or wine servant.
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An Anglicized form of the French surname Boutilier, of similar derivation.
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A manservant, now usually the head servant of a household, in charge of wines, pantry, table silver, etc.
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(person) 1818-93; U.S. politician & Union general in the Civil War.
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(person) 1692-1752; Eng. theologian & bishop.
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(person) 1612-80; Eng. satirical poet.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
butler
Plural:
butlers

Origin of butler

  • Middle English from Old French bouteillier bottle bearer from bouteille, botele bottle bottle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French butiller (“officer in charge of wine”). See bottle.

    From Wiktionary