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


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 Root, 41, pointed a fake gun at a Boston police outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Feb. 7, 2020 and was wounded by police who also wounded a parking valet. Tonya Alanez,, 17 May 2022 However, the company is cutting its free laundry, dry cleaning and valet service for employees staying in Silicon Valley, and will readjust salaries based on the cost of living for those moving to work remotely in a new city. Matthew Kitchen, Chron, 1 June 2022 The amenities include 24-hour valet service, concierge and butler service, as well as 24-hour in-suite dining. Everett Potter, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Chyna was a valet, and her biggest moment was in wrestling men. al, 19 May 2022 Curbside valet at both Terminals 1 and 2 will also be available beginning Jan. 10. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 This isn't a standard leather valet tray; this pick from Courant looks equally as chic sitting on his nightstand or entryway table, but also has the ability to charge Qi-compatible phones and headphones wirelessly. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 Free bike valet courtesy of Electra Bicycle Co. in front of Harbaugh Parkway on Chesterfield Drive and San Elijo Avenue. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 In the SoHo House parking garage, a valet worker gushes to the trio over how obsessed his daughter is with them, even asking to record a birthday video to send her for later in the week. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At night, diners can pull up on Fairfax just north of Wilshire and valet their cars for dinner or drinks. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 Those dining at Vinsetta Garage currently have to valet park or find street parking. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2020 There are limited free parking spots on site, but guests can valet their car for the day for $30. Catie Wegman,, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 31 Jan. 2018 See More

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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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“Valet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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