footman

noun foot·man \ ˈfu̇t-mən \

Definition of footman

1 a archaic :a traveler on foot :pedestrian
2 a :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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First Known Use of footman

14th century


FOOTMAN Defined for English Language Learners

footman

noun

Definition of footman for English Language Learners

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


FOOTMAN Defined for Kids

footman

noun foot·man \ ˈfu̇t-mən \

Definition of footman for Students

plural footmen \-mən\
:a male servant who performs various duties (as letting visitors in and serving food)

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