valet

noun
va·​let | \ ˈva-lət How to pronounce valet (audio) , ˈva-(ˌ)lā How to pronounce valet (audio) , 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

valet

verb
valeted; valeting; valets

Definition of valet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve as a valet

Examples of valet in a Sentence

Verb She runs her own valeting business.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Several White House aides have tested positive in the past, including a top spokeswoman to Vice President Mike Pence and a Navy valet who was in the same room as the president on the day the person began experiencing symptoms. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Your questions about Trump and COVID-19, answered: When did he test positive? Does he have symptoms?," 2 Oct. 2020 This tells the story of an Englishman, Bertie Wooster, and his valet, Jeeves, set in the last century. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Durante noted that some of those concerns may be alleviated by having a valet service. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland Landmarks Commission expresses concerns about Bridgeworks apartment, hotel project in Ohio City," 11 Dec. 2020 Armisen gave himself the part of a mustachioed valet and brought in Torres and Fabrega to write and star alongside him. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Comedy of Julio Torres," 21 Dec. 2020 Most offer amenities that include 24-hour valet and concierge services, gyms, spas and pools surrounded by designer landscaping. Dallas News, "High-rise living ‘raises the luxury bar’," 13 Dec. 2020 For ultimate class in the kitchen, double down with a case of dedicated steak knives in their own valet! The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Features You Need in a Kitchen Knife Set," 28 Aug. 2019 All this stuff would ease the life of a valet, not the owner. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL Delivers Unparalleled Excess," 16 Sep. 2020 In 1654, Nicolas de Bonnefons, a valet at the court of Louis XIV, published The Delights of the Country, a work of gastronomic philosophy containing a simple but revolutionary principle. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Tangled Legacy of James Beard," 4 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those dining at Vinsetta Garage currently have to valet park or find street parking. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Settlement would allow Vinsetta Garage to raze homes for parking," 6 Jan. 2020 There are limited free parking spots on site, but guests can valet their car for the day for $30. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 Roughly 100 Carpenter agents and staff members volunteer to make the Golf Classic a reality, checking in golfers, valeting cars, and helping organize and set up for the day. Stacey Mckenna, Indianapolis Star, "Support community at the 26th Annual GFC-Carpenter Realtors Golf Classic," 6 June 2019 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, SI.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

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First Known Use of valet

Noun

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

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valet

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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valet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of valet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a person who parks cars for guests at a hotel, restaurant, etc.
: a man's personal male servant
British : someone who cleans the clothes of guests staying in a hotel

valet

verb

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

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

valet

noun
va·​let | \ ˈva-lət How to pronounce valet (audio) , 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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