butler

noun
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

Butler

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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

Butler

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Definition of Butler (Entry 3 of 6)

Joseph 1692–1752 English theologian

Butler

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Definition of Butler (Entry 4 of 6)

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

Butler

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Definition of Butler (Entry 5 of 6)

Samuel 1612–1680 English satirical poet

Butler

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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 And next year, Silversea—known for navigating some of the most remote regions while staffed with both private butlers and resident scientists—is launching an all-suite ship, the Silver Origin, to the Galápagos. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Sustainable Design Is Changing Hotels, Cruises, and Even Safaris," 23 Aug. 2019 Downstairs, the staff was overseen by the starchy butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), and his wife and head housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan). Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Royal visit adds pomp to ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie: Review," 17 Sep. 2019 But the rest of the familiar ghoulish gang is here: Gomez and Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, offspring Wednesday and Pugsley, and of course, Lurch the gigantic butler. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Gifted cast makes ‘The Addams Family’ a treat at Welk Resort Theatre," 7 Sep. 2019 Their art deco inspired Grand Suite served as an aphrodisiac with free-flowing champagne, 24-hour butler service, roses, chocolates and a plush bed made for two. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Ludacris and Eudoxie's Romantic Train Ride Through Europe Has Us Swooning," 29 July 2019 There was the assistant who scheduled those encounters, and the butler who cleaned up afterward and doled out cash and gifts to the girls, authorities contend in court records. Jennifer Peltz, The Denver Post, "Inside Jeffrey Epstein network, layer upon layer to protect the boss," 14 July 2019 There was the assistant who scheduled those encounters, and the butler who cleaned up afterward and doled out cash and gifts to the girls, authorities contend in court records. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, "Indictment claims Jeffrey Epstein had extensive network to procure young victims," 14 July 2019 Think of it as Luxe's answer to the hotel butler or concierge. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Airbnb Just Launched Luxe—Making Castles, Villas, & More Available For Rent Worldwide," 27 June 2019 Staunton happens to be married to Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson, Downton's rock-like butler. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "'Downton Abbey' stars arrive for world premiere of movie spin-off," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of butler

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for butler

Noun

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

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butler

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How to pronounce Butler (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of butler

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

butler

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

Kids Definition of butler

: the chief male servant of a household

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