va·let | \ˈva-lət, ˈva-(ˌ)lā, va-ˈlā \

Definition of valet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an employee (as of a hotel or a public facility) who performs personal services for customers

b : a man's male servant who performs personal services (such as taking care of clothing)

2 : a device (such as a rack or tray) for holding clothing or personal effects


valeted; valeting; valets

Definition of valet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve as a valet

Examples of valet in a Sentence


She runs her own valeting business.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Send tips, comments, valet-line gossip, and Ida Lupino’s director’s chair to Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "The Original #MeToo Movie," 27 Apr. 2018 Others park their two-wheelers at a valet bike station next door to the terminal. Rachel Swan,, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018 In the living room, which Johnson says is her favorite room in the house, the Darbuka brass coffee table, Icelandic sheepskin throw, braided hemp jute pouf, valet jute rug, Uno 2-piece sectional sofa, and Tesso bronze bookcases are by CB2. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Before + After: A Spanish-Style Home Is Reimagined In True L.A. Fashion," 2 June 2017 The mall’s valet will relocate to an area in between Blanco and True Food Kitchen. Michele Parente,, "Fox Restaurant Concepts to add 4 new places in San Diego, 2 at Fashion Valley," 30 June 2018 Bouzaid surmised that the valet didn’t realize how powerful a Porsche can be. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Parking fail: Valet drives Porsche under SUV," 31 May 2018 Built in 1769, the sprawling white complex doubles down on service, with uniformed valets waiting at the entrance and falconry lessons for guests (yes, really). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Southern Vermont," 16 Apr. 2018 News of the streaker was all the buzz among the hospital valets and staff in the nearby public defender’s office. Tim Prudente,, "Naked jogger turns heads Monday in downtown Baltimore," 9 Apr. 2018 For classic Swiss chalet ambiance in Deer Valley, and what is considered the world’s best ski hotel (with an unrivaled ski valet), Stein Eriksen Lodge steals the show. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Powder Players: Where Hollywood Hits The Slopes President’s Day Weekend," 7 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The following morning, Hawk walked the streets of L.A. searching for Spencer’s car; it had been valeted at a restaurant instead of the hotel. Jacob Feldman,, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 In 2016, Volvo announced a trial concierge service that allows Bay Area S90 and XC90 owners to get their cars refueled, serviced, or valeted through a smartphone app. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car," 24 Apr. 2018 Not the sort of thing that impresses Angelenos, so blasé about celebrities and rich kids valeting their supercars at restaurants. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Tesla's Model 3 Is the Best Electric Car You Can't Buy—Yet," 22 Mar. 2018 At the company's top-tier properties, expect to pay more than $21 to valet park for short stays of two hours or less. Jay Jones,, "MGM raises parking prices for visitors and hotel guests at Las Vegas properties," 31 Jan. 2018 During his college days, Weaver performed various odd jobs for McCombs, including chauffeuring the businessman and valeting for his holiday parties. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Power Broker Rad Weaver from locker room to board room," 22 Jan. 2018 Stanton, who hit a record 61 homers over three rounds in winning at San Diego, had already been relegated to valet for teammate Bour, bringing him an energy-boosting doughnut during a timeout. Craig Davis,, "Aaron Judge powers way to Home Run Derby crown after Giancarlo Stanton falls in first round," 10 July 2017 ORANGE Drivers circling the Old Towne Orange plaza looking for parking could soon valet their vehicles. Jonathan Winslow, Orange County Register, "Valet parking proposed in Old Towne Orange," 5 May 2017 If there’s one tell that signals an industry insider—beyond the competitive name-dropping or valeting the latest Tesla— Margaret Heidenry, HWD, "How Celebrity Production Companies Went from Joke to Box-Office (and Oscar) Gold," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of valet


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


1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valet


Middle English vadlet, valet, varlet "male servant, groom, knight's attendant," borrowed from Anglo-French, "young man of noble birth serving a lord, boy, servant," going back to Gallo-Romance *vassellittus, diminutive of *vassellus, diminutive of early Medieval Latin vassus "serf, servant, vassal" — more at vassal

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English Language Learners Definition of valet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who parks cars for guests at a hotel, restaurant, etc.

: a man's personal male servant

: someone who cleans the clothes of guests staying in a hotel



English Language Learners Definition of valet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean (a person's car) very well


va·let | \ˈva-lət, ˈva-lā, va-ˈlā\

Kids Definition of valet

1 : a person who parks cars for guests (as at a restaurant)

2 : a male servant or hotel employee who takes care of a man's clothes and does personal services

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