bell·​hop ˈbel-ˌhäp How to pronounce bellhop (audio)
: 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 When the industry was still casting Black actors as maids and bellhops, Davis crafted an extraordinary pair of characters for himself, his partner, and teams of actors to come (though given the play’s long hibernation, not nearly enough of them). Sara Holdren, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2023 Showing up in a Golf Le Fleur bellhop cap and outfit, complete with white gloves and a suitcase, the rapper played the part on the red carpet, giving a very Wes Anderson-type of feel and bringing something new. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 The strike by bellhops, front desk agents, room attendants, cooks, servers and dishwashers began early Sunday in Los Angeles and Orange counties just as summer tourism ramps up. Damian Dovorganes,, 3 July 2023 Thousands of cooks, room attendants, dishwashers, servers, bellhops and front desk agents at multiple properties have walked out. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 2 July 2023 Remember that a bellhop's job is also to provide basic information about the property and area and those insider tips from your bellhop may deserve a little extra tip from you as well. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Elvis might sing about being down at the end of lonely street, but Berry would give you directions to the hotel parking lot, the bellhop’s name, and the color of the lobby carpet. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 4 May 2023 Senning recommends tipping bellhops $1 to $2 per bag, like baggage handlers. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 An ex-Mormon, singer Brandon Flowers did time as a bellhop at Vegas’ trashy Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Spin Staff, SPIN, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


short for bell-hopper

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bellhop was in 1897

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“Bellhop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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bell·​hop -ˌhäp How to pronounce bellhop (audio)
: a hotel or club employee who takes guests to rooms, carries luggage, and runs errands

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