foot·​man | \ ˈfu̇t-mən \

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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Petals were scattered among gigantic candlesticks on the thirty-foot linen runner covering the immense refectory table; each of us was attended by a footman dressed as a hooded monk. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Denker tries to take advantage of the new footman but Thomas steps in to get revenge. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Henry de Greffulhe treated her abysmally, openly carrying on serial affairs with dozens of women all over Paris, his footman ordered to present them with bouquets of orchids every day. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018 The busiest time of year was pheasant season, from October to the end of January; guests often arrived in helicopters that landed in the deer park, footmen gathering their luggage and ushering them inside. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 In one episode, Lord Grantham excuses the homosexual behavior of his footman, Thomas, saying such incidents happened regular when Lord Grantham attended Eton, a private school. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 This is rumored to be because Elizabeth’s was allegedly misplaced by a footman and went missing at some point during her wedding day — much to the dismay of the official photographer. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the pressures of royal wedding traditions," 16 May 2018 This is rumored to be because Elizabeth’s was allegedly misplaced by a footman and went missing at some point during her wedding day - much to the dismay of the official photographer. Jennifer Hassan,, "A look at the royal wedding traditions — and pressures — that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face," 16 May 2018 Bullen said Burrell, who started off his career as the queen’s footman before working for Diana and her sons as the family butler, isn’t surprised by Harry's determination to protect his fiancee from media scrutiny. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle will struggle with royal life if she doesn't play by monarchy rules, warn palace insiders," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of footman

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

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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 \
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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