but·​ler ˈbət-lər How to pronounce butler (audio)
: a manservant having charge of the wines and liquors
: 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

Examples of butler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can contact the property's butler service to request baby wipes, diapers, roll-away beds, and cribs. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 The modern butler — also known as, wait for it, an executive butler — is still in most cases a man. Plum Sykes, New York Times, 14 May 2024 For more formal meals, the kitchen has direct access to the dining room through a butler’s pantry. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 12 May 2024 Rates are all-inclusive and cover meals, butler service and access to a private beach. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 8 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for butler 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of butler was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Butler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butler. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


but·​ler ˈbət-lər How to pronounce butler (audio)
: a chief male household servant

Middle English buteler "household servant in charge of wines," from early French butiller (same meaning), from botele "bottle," derived from Latin buttis "cask"

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But·​ler ˈbət-lər How to pronounce Butler (audio)
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
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