bell·​hop | \ˈbel-ˌhäp \

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 only option for Career Day was taking students to hotels to shadow bellhops and maids. Mohammed Kloub, The Seattle Times, "Behind the Byline: Meet travel and outdoors writer Crystal Paul," 20 Sep. 2018 The new law will affect workers in the city beyond the restaurant industry, including hotel bellhops, parking lot attendants, pizza deliverers, hair stylists and others who receive gratuities. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Initiative 77 tipping wars in D.C. moves from campaign to Council," 20 June 2018 The District and most states exempt workers who earn tips from the standard minimum wage — allowing employers to pay servers, bartenders, bellhops and others just a few dollars an hour, on the assumption that gratuities will pump up their pay. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Tipping the pay scales: Initiative 77 could dramatically alter D.C. restaurant culture," 16 June 2018 Bellhop at the hotel Just like skycaps, pay a bellhop $2 for the first bag and $1 per each additional bag. Zachary Hansen, USA TODAY, "Tipping tips: A cheat sheet to leaving gratuities," 22 June 2018 In 1936, Pierre, my father, landed a tiny speaking role as a bellhop in the Oscar-winning drama Dodsworth, directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 Ransom Beatty, a bellhop at the Hamilton Hotel in downtown Washington, earns $10.50 an hour before tips. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Initiative 77 tipping wars in D.C. moves from campaign to Council," 20 June 2018 Currently the ordinance applies to any employee who works alone in guest rooms or bathrooms, which could include bellhops and room service attendants. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Chicago hotels roll out panic button systems to protect housekeepers from sexual harassment," 7 June 2018 Two characters seemingly tossed in to further stimulate the plot are the obsequious hotel bellhop (Robert Moniz) and the ambitious local prima donna (Lori Kelley). Tom Titus,, "On Theater: A wild encore for ‘Tenor’ in Newport Beach," 7 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bellhop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bellhop

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bellhop

short for bell-hopper

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bellhop

Statistics for bellhop

Last Updated

15 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bellhop

The first known use of bellhop was in 1897

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bellhop



English Language Learners Definition of bellhop

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


bell·​hop | \ˈbel-ˌhäp \

Kids Definition of bellhop

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bellhop

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bellhop

Spanish Central: Translation of bellhop

Nglish: Translation of bellhop for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bellhop for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bellhop

What made you want to look up bellhop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!