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

Definition of butler

 (Entry 1 of 6)

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also mentioned in the FBI files is Toraichi Kono, longtime butler and body man to Charlie Chaplin. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 Just call your butler who will personally walk you to a prime table at any restaurant on-site. David Morris, Travel + Leisure, 4 Jan. 2022 Never mind if the butler did it, just tell us that The Butler will be back, and wielding his superpower of steaming wrinkles from clothes with his breath. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 There are quartzite counters in the kitchen as well as JennAir appliances, a walk-in pantry, and a butler’s station with a wine refrigerator. Lia Picard, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 Her mother employs a taciturn working-class surfer type named Geoffrey as Susan’s butler, babysitter, and nurse. Heidi Julavits, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 Once the camera starts rolling, Maya, now in Mel B’s trademark cat ears and leopard print, is instead given a new role: a Mexican butler named Guido. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 The overnight private island stay includes meals on the beach and butler service. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2021 Variety can now reveal who the show’s new butler is: Actor, musician, author and celebrity impersonator Martin Andrew. Michael Schneider, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021

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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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“Butler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butler. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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