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

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 The man at the car dealership who changed my oil and rotated my tires and the valet who parked my car also used them. cleveland, "West side community leaders speaking out to residents during coronavirus sheltering," 23 Mar. 2020 Planner Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events is having hand sanitizer passed on trays for a wedding that’s still a go, and Madeleine Kojakian of Maddy K Events is requiring staff—from coat checkers to valets—to wear gloves. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Wedding businesses and vendors feel the pinch in coronavirus outbreak," 12 Mar. 2020 Boston police officers responding to an incident earlier this month outside Brigham and Women's Hospital accidentally shot the valet in the face while confronting a suspect. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Valet accidentally shot in the face by Boston police at Brigham and Women's Hospital," 25 Feb. 2020 Pulling up to the stately 1913 resort, a valet will quickly whisk away your car so relaxation can begin. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend a romantic weekend in Asheville," 17 Feb. 2020 Both struggled to make ends meet — Mr. Moncayo was a valet at two parking lots and Mr. Garces was an undocumented laborer working construction. New York Times, "A Dispute Over $200 and a Deadly Push Down the Stairs," 19 Jan. 2020 Barrow caused loads of trouble throughout his time working at the estate as both a valet and footman. Rosy Cordero,, "Everything you need to know about Downton Abbey before watching the movie," 18 Sep. 2019 The car was found several hours later in a parking lot at Cleveland Clinic, where Wilson worked as a parking valet, police said. Evan Macdonald,, "Driver gets maximum 180 days in jail for Willowick crash that injured two 7-year-old boys," 18 July 2019 Irish actor Robert Sheehan co-stars as Sean, a plucky amateur photographer who moonlights as a restaurant valet, making even more money committing petty theft, thanks to the keys and GPS systems patrons so willingly hand over. Katie Walsh,, "Tech-smart thriller 'Bad Samaritan' mines modern-day paranoia for chills," 2 May 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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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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27 Mar 2020

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“Valet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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



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

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


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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