but·​ler | \ ˈbət-lər How to pronounce butler (audio) \

Definition of butler

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1 : a manservant having charge of the wines and liquors
2 : 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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But·​ler | \ ˈbət-lər How to pronounce Butler (audio) \

Definition of Butler (Entry 2 of 6)

Benjamin Franklin 1818–1893 American general and politician


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Definition of Butler (Entry 3 of 6)

Joseph 1692–1752 English theologian


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Definition of Butler (Entry 4 of 6)

Nicholas Murray 1862–1947 American educator; president Columbia University (1901–45)


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Definition of Butler (Entry 5 of 6)

Samuel 1612–1680 English satirical poet


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Definition of Butler (Entry 6 of 6)

Samuel 1835–1902 English novelist and satirist

Examples of butler in a Sentence

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The one-story plan features a living room with vaulted ceilings, spacious island kitchen, butler’s pantry, breakfast room, study, dining room, game room and more. Houston Chronicle, "Final opportunities remain at Valencia at Rock Creek," 23 June 2019 The butler’s pantry for example has dark wood cabinets like the kitchen. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Birmingham home is a 'secluded haven' on unusual lot," 22 June 2019 The kitchen features double ovens and a butler’s pantry. Shannon Rooney, https://www.inquirer.com, "On the market: A Chester County house surrounded by countryside," 5 June 2019 One of those post-World War II clips shows a refrigerator-sized robot butler whose housekeeping tasks include vacuuming the carpets. al.com, "Days of Future Past: Mobile exhibitions loop time," 4 June 2019 Outside of Seattle, Marriott International has implemented a robotic butler called Botlr, as well as a chatbot at Aloft Hotels, both of which have alarmed Huang. Melissa Hellmann, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle’s new hotels roll out automation to serve guests, workers worry," 18 May 2019 Fellow panelist and artist Greg Capullo’s rendering showed Bruce Wayne in a cell, his butler Alfred coming to visit him and a few mementos from previous stories that illustrated Bruce Wayne's delusional mindstate. Jevon Phillips, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Batman at 80: All a dream? At WonderCon, visions of hero draw gasps," 30 Mar. 2019 My own room affords me a private sundeck, access to two upscale restaurants, and a butler named Vishnu, who received his degree in economics in India. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Polish the silver and ring the butler bells, for the Downton Abbey movie trailer has arrived in all of its aristocratic glory. Vogue, "The Downton Abbey Movie Trailer Is Here, and It's Royally Dramatic," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of butler


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for butler


Middle English buteler, from Anglo-French butiller, from Old French botele bottle — more at bottle

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English Language Learners Definition of butler

: the main male servant in the home of a wealthy person


but·​ler | \ ˈbət-lər How to pronounce butler (audio) \

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: the chief male servant of a household

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