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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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 Linklater has declined to make Bernadette’s husband into a villain, turning him into a beaming, moronic footman when his character requires abusive tendencies. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "What Have You Done, Richard Linklater?," 19 Aug. 2019 Spates evolves from a footman of the 1920s, to a schoolteacher, to a public arts administrator, to — in the circle-closing final scene — a part-time hotel manager. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Brief History of Women,’ an Alan Ayckbourn Comedy of Tragedies," 2 May 2018 His graciousness as a host is legendary: Decades later, people remember parties lit by candles, with footmen in powdered hair and breeches. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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