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

After acting as a faithful chauffeur to Lara Jean Covey and Kitty, Noah will now go undercover, acting as a valet who is secretly assisting the government. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Will Play an Undercover Driver in His New Movie "Valet"," 5 Nov. 2018 At the club, there are private lockers and boot dryers, along with preferred self-parking and a slope-side ski valet. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the solution is updating valet for the 21st century. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit," 6 Aug. 2018 Make sure to follow the rules, though, including no glass containers, no bicycles (there’s a $3 bike valet available), no small children, no dogs and no fighting. Lisa Deaderick,, "Taking a swing at annual Over the Line tournament," 12 July 2018 No designated spot just yet, but the drop-off/pickup is right in front of the hotel at the valet station. Ed Barkowitz,, "Comparing the sportsbooks at Atlantic City's Borgata and Ocean Resort ahead of the World Cup final," 11 July 2018 John Tracey is more fleshed-out as courtesan Émilie, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent is assured as Valmont’s valet Azolan. Jeffrey Gantz,, "Sex as a weapon in Nora’s all-male ‘Liaisons’," 5 June 2018 The concierge and valet teams are available throughout the day to help assist with the needs of a busy, on-the-move resident. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Spotlight on 2929 Weslayan," 20 May 2018 This is when valet service also started to truly take off. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit," 6 Aug. 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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