maître d'hôtel

noun
maî·​tre d'hô·​tel | \ ˌmā-trə-(ˌ)dō-ˈtel How to pronounce maître d'hôtel (audio) , ˌme-; ˌmāt-dō-, ˌmet-\
plural maîtres d'hôtel\ same  How to pronounce maîtres d'hôtel (audio) \

Definition of maître d'hôtel

2 : a sauce of butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and lemon juice

called also maître d'hôtel butter

First Known Use of maître d'hôtel

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maître d'hôtel

French, literally, master of house

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