bell·​hop | \ ˈbel-ˌhäp How to pronounce bellhop (audio) \

Definition of bellhop

: a hotel or club employee who escorts guests to rooms, assists them with luggage, and runs errands

Examples of bellhop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coronavirus pandemic has pummeled the economy of the Orlando metro area, where legions of theme-park attendants, waiters, maids and bellhops rely on the 75 million visitors a year who produce $75 billion in revenue. Alex Leary And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Orlando Is Reopening. Persuading Tourists to Come Back Is Harder.," 15 May 2020 Housekeepers, waiters, bellhops, cooks, prep cooks and front-desk workers all have their hours reduced. Carolyn Said,, "Coronavirus widens inequality gap for low-wage workers," 8 Mar. 2020 The Culinary—representing guest-room attendants, food-and-drink servers, porters, bellhops, and laundry and kitchen workers—is as locally significant as any union in the country. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "The Union at the Center of the Medicare for All Fight in Nevada," 22 Feb. 2020 The rest of her crew was also in full Halloween regalia as zombie bellhops. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kelly Clarkson Dressed Up as Winifred From Hocus Pocus and Performed 'I Put a Spell on You'," 31 Oct. 2019 Tyler The Creator arrived at the Grammy Awards dressed like a hotel bellhop, carrying with him a pink suitcase to match his pink and red uniform by Golf le Fleur. Emily J. Sullivan, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Most Extra Accessories at the Grammy Awards," 27 Jan. 2020 Building This category includes people such as building managers, supers, bellhops, porters and parking assistants. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Christmas 2019: Here's how much you should tip your gardener, hairstylist and others," 13 Dec. 2019 At this Chinese hotel, the bellhops have been replaced by talking robots. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here are Amazon's four exhibits to support claim JEDI contract was improperly awarded," 25 Nov. 2019 Amid the general silliness of Matt Militano strikes a bright note as a lovesick bellhop who’s a step ahead of many of the other characters. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Featured Actor, Comedy," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bellhop

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bellhop

short for bell-hopper

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The first known use of bellhop was in 1897

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“Bellhop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bellhop

chiefly US : a boy or man who takes hotel guests to their rooms, carries luggage, etc.


bell·​hop | \ ˈbel-ˌhäp How to pronounce bellhop (audio) \

Kids Definition of bellhop

: a hotel or club employee who takes guests to rooms, moves luggage, and runs errands

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