butler

noun but·ler \ ˈbət-lər \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of butler

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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Origin and Etymology of butler

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


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biographical name But·ler \ ˈbət-lər \

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Benjamin Franklin 1818–1893 American general and politician

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Joseph 1692–1752 English theologian

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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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Samuel 1835–1902 English novelist and satirist

BUTLER Defined for English Language Learners

butler

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Definition of butler for English Language Learners

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


BUTLER Defined for Kids

butler

noun but·ler \ ˈbət-lər \

Definition of butler for Students

:the chief male servant of a household


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