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

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Recent Examples on the Web Nowhere is this more on display than in Thane’s Aunt Mabel, an aging widow who devours footmen (and any other attractive, available men in her vicinity) for breakfast. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love," 3 Dec. 2019 Props go to the rest of the cast, though, especially the hard-working chorus members who play sailors, sea creatures, swans, frogs, Ariel’s sisters, maids, seagulls, footmen, chefs and princesses. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: From screen to stage, ‘Little Mermaid’ expands on a beloved tale," 23 Oct. 2019 Queen Mary would usually travel with a footman, a page, two dressers, two chauffeurs, one lady-in-waiting, a maid for her lady-in-waiting and a detective. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real History Behind the Downton Abbey Movie," 20 Sep. 2019 According to actress Sophie McShea, her character Daisy is engaged to Andy the footman in the upcoming film. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Could There Be Another Downton Abbey Wedding on the Horizon?," 10 Sep. 2019 Over six seasons, viewers followed the ups and downs of the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff of cooks, butlers, footmen and maids who made the 192-s English estate run like clockwork in the 1920s. Julie Washington,, "Royal visit adds pomp to ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie: Review," 17 Sep. 2019 Wedded bliss may be in the future for Daisy, the assistant cook, and footman Andy. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "These Two Characters May Wed in the Downton Abbey Movie," 11 Sep. 2019 No spoilers, but the show's iconic wall of bells, which are used by the Crawley family to summon footmen and maids, features prominently in the gameplay. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Downton Abbey-Themed Escape Game Just Opened in Salt Lake City," 17 July 2019 Extravagant pies endured through the Victorian era, when Queen Victoria once served a Christmas pie so enormous four footmen were required to carry it in like a coffin. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of footman

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

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“Footman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of footman

: a male servant who lets visitors into a house and serves food at the dinner table


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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