but·ler | \ˈbət-lər \

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 \

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 butler, who slept in an adjacent cottage, had quickly confirmed that there was no one inside. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 Courtside seats to the Brooklyn Nets (worth $225,00), a live-in butler, private chef, and a year’s worth of weekly dinners for two at the flagship restaurant of Michelin star chef Daniel Boulud. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Buy This Manhattan Penthouse, Get a Free Trip To Outer Space," 17 May 2018 Montego Bay, Jamaica The At Last villa comes fully staffed with a chef, bartender/butler, house manager, and gardener. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Royal Wedding-Inspired Collection of Castles and Villas Is So Dreamy," 18 May 2018 The two of them, along with Elizabeth’s assistant, her doctor, her masseur, and her butler, gathered in front of the TV, unable to turn away from the unfolding horror and doing their best to comfort one another through the unreal reality. Todd Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How America’s Darkest Hour Helped Heal Old Wounds Between Liz Taylor and Debbie Reynolds," 19 June 2018 Each vessel's 92 cabins will have 24-hour butler service, Hermès bath products, and balconies. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 Bullen said Burrell, who started off his career as the queen’s footman before working for Diana and her sons as the family butler, isn’t surprised by Harry's determination to protect his fiancee from media scrutiny. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle will struggle with royal life if she doesn't play by monarchy rules, warn palace insiders," 10 May 2018 And Executive cabana packages that include 10 VIP tickets, a private cabana with seating for 10, a bottle and butler service are $5,000. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Four food events (fried chicken day! Taste of the Nation!) worth putting on the calendar," 1 May 2018 There’s also room for butler’s quarters and space for a private security detail to sleep. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "An Underwater Villa Is Coming to the Maldives Later This Year," 18 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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: the chief male servant of a household

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