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 Shortly, footman Paul Wybrew was summoned, who then escorted Fagan across the corridor the the Queen's pantry. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Michael Fagan, the Man Who Broke Into Queen Elizabeth's Bedroom?," 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, "The Queen Is Apparently an Anti-Foodie Who Sees Food as "Just Fuel"," 26 Sep. 2020 The footman is now in self-isolation as the 93-year-old Queen and 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh Philip have fled to Windsor Castle during the pandemic. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 28-29," 24 Apr. 2020 Her storyline in the show culminates with her passing her educational exams, planning to leave service, and beginning a flirtation with Andy the footman. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Where Did Downton Abbey Leave Off Before the Film?," 1 Sep. 2019 News outlets reported that one of the queen’s footmen, who is responsible for walking her dogs, had also contracted the virus. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Coronavirus Halts Another U.K. Ritual: Birthday Gun Salute for Queen," 18 Apr. 2020 The palace did not comment on a recent report in a British tabloid, The Sun, that one of the queen’s footmen, who walks her dogs, had contracted the virus. Mark Landler,, "Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as Queen Elizabeth urges resolve," 6 Apr. 2020 The average time in 1880 for a footman to remain in a London house was 18 months. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes on His 'Darker' New Limited Series Belgravia," 20 Apr. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'footman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of footman

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about footman

Time Traveler for footman

Time Traveler

The first known use of footman was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for footman

Cite this Entry

“Footman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for footman



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)

More from Merriam-Webster on footman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for footman

Nglish: Translation of footman for Spanish Speakers

Comments on footman

What made you want to look up footman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!