maître d'hôtel

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noun maî·tre d'hô·tel \ˌmā-trə-(ˌ)dō-ˈtel, ˌme-; ˌmāt-dō-, ˌmet-\

Definition of maître d'hôtel

plural

maîtres d'hôtel

\same\
  1. 1a :  majordomob :  headwaiter

  2. 2 :  a sauce of butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and lemon juice —called also maître d'hôtel butter

Origin and Etymology of maître d'hôtel

French, literally, master of house


First Known Use: 1538

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