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 There's no word on when the adorable robot car butler will become a reality. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "VW Previews Adorable EV-Charging Autonomous Robot," 28 Dec. 2020 Hotel Trio in Healdsburg, Calif., sends out Rosé the Robot butler (not as cute as Bailey) to deliver room service wines. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 As part of a moneymaking scheme, Stan and Ollie (the recurring characters played by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy) pose as a maid and butler at a banquet. New York Times, "What’s on TV This Week: ‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’," 28 Dec. 2020 Hotel Trio in Healdsburg, Calif., sends out Rosé the Robot butler (not as cute as Bailey) to deliver room service wines. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "8 ways wine will change in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 That night, after dinner was served, the butler told Mr. Haller the president wanted to see him. Washington Post, "Henry Haller, longest-serving White House executive chef, dies at 97," 19 Dec. 2020 The butler’s pantry next door is striking with lacquered black cabinets and leaded glass doors. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Location of lavish $2.2M Birmingham home is a big selling point," 19 Dec. 2020 Bar Through a butler’s pantry, the lounge connects to a show-stopping bar, with countertops made of the green marble that started the whole project. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, "Lindsay Rhodes Creates Her Fifth Home for a Family in a House That Once Belonged to Her Close Friend," 10 Dec. 2020 Among the league's other American agents: Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), Batman's future mother. Alfie's father (Ian Puleston-Davies) is a butler and urges his son to pursue a similar respectable profession. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "England faces a proper “argy-bargy” in Pennyworth S2 trailer," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Butler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butler. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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

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

Kids Definition of butler

: the chief male servant of a household

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