footman

noun
foot·​man | \ ˈfu̇t-mən How to pronounce footman (audio) \

Definition of footman

1a archaic : a traveler on foot : pedestrian
2a : a servant in livery formerly attending a rider or required to run in front of his master's carriage
b : a servant who serves at table, tends the door, and runs errands

Examples of footman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Seward, author of Royal Children, Andrew once so annoyed a footman that the prince ended up sprawled on the floor with a black eye. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 That's because Dockery won't be performing solo, but as a duo with fellow Downton Abbey actor, Michael Fox, who appeared on seasons five and six of the show as footman Andrew Parker. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 17 Feb. 2022 Actress Michelle Dockery, 40, will sing alongside Michael Fox, 33, who played footman Andrew Parker in the historical upstairs-downstairs costume drama. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 In November, Fawcett, who was once one of Charles's closest aides having risen from the Queen's footman to the prince's valet and ultimately running the charity, resigned from his post amid the ongoing inquiry. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Those gambling-mad aristocrats have boasted and betted on the running prowess of their best footman. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 5 May 2021 But when producers James Corden (who also plays a mouse-footman) and Leo Pearlman offered her the chance to rewrite the fairy tale as a musical with contemporary songs — and values — the Blockers director jumped at it. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 13 May 2021 Shortly, footman Paul Wybrew was summoned, who then escorted Fagan across the corridor the the Queen's pantry. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2020 According to a former footman, the Queen's tastes are so simple, in fact, that the palace staff regularly makes more elaborate meals for themselves than for the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 26 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of footman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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26 Mar 2022

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“Footman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/footman. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for footman

footman

noun
foot·​man | \ ˈfu̇t-mən How to pronounce footman (audio) \
plural footmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of footman

: a male servant who performs various duties (as letting visitors in and serving food)

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