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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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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Samuel 1612–1680 English satirical poet


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Definition of Butler (Entry 6 of 6)

Samuel 1835–1902 English novelist and satirist

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For his part, Bash was freaked out after his former butler Florian (Alex Rich) died from AIDs, implying that Bash loved him as more than a friend and his fears were keeping him closeted. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Everything you need to remember about GLOW before watching season 3," 8 Aug. 2019 Each camp is assigned its own butler and chef who prepare and serve gourmet meals onsite. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 That limitation—also found in competitors such as Siri and Google Assistant—has hampered the ideal of virtual helpers serving as omni-capable butlers. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both," 5 June 2019 Later came a stint as butler and mentor Alfred in three Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Michael Caine looks back in ‘Blowing the Bloody Doors Off’," 22 Oct. 2018 In addition to her role on The Crown, Corrin landed one on Pennyworth, the forthcoming Epix series that will serve as a prequel to the Batman story, featuring his famous butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "The Crown's Young Princess Diana Is About To Be Everywhere," 15 July 2019 Alan DeValerio, former White House butler: Friday, Aug. 16, 1 to 3 p.m. Free, with advance registration. courant.com, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 10 July 2019 More like a grand mansion than a hotel, the hotel's fan favorites include the 1,600 bottle wine cellar and butler service. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 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

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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) \

Kids Definition of butler

: the chief male servant of a household

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