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valet

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

Definition of valet

1 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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valet

verb

Definition of valet

transitive verb
:to serve as a valet

Examples of valet in a Sentence

  1. She runs her own valeting business.

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First Known Use of valet

1840



VALET Defined for English Language Learners

valet

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noun

Definition of valet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


valet

verb

Definition of valet for English Language Learners

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


VALET Defined for Kids

valet

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noun va·let \ ˈva-lət , ˈva-lā , va-ˈlā \

Definition of valet for Students

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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