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


She runs her own valeting business.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Parking valets at restaurants and hotels who used to rely on curb parking that is no longer there now use something else to temporarily store cars — the diagonally striped islands newly painted on the ground. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protected bike lanes bring relief for riders, confusion for others," 22 July 2019 In addition to a roof deck with grills and skyline views, the building includes a pet washroom and a concierge who can arrange dog walking. CONS Such perks (plus heat, air conditioning, and a valet garage spot) come with a four-figure condo fee. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Luxury Boston condos where pampered pooches will feel at home," 23 Aug. 2019 Facebook, for example, hires valets to move cars once they’re done charging, according to Moura. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "UC Berkeley has 6,000 parking spaces, but only 1 electric vehicle charger? What gives?," 19 Aug. 2019 Garage doors can be rolled up in warm weather, and valet and street parking will be available. Marc Bona,, "Leo’s Italian Social aims to open this month," 12 Aug. 2019 Visitors are carefully screened by a guard prior to even allowing entrance to the parking and valet area. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Luxury high-rise spotlight on The Belfiore," 14 July 2019 There is complimentary bike valet on East Witherspoon Avenue across from the East entrance. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 Can’t the city give Witzl a valet subsidy instead of trying to court the Anaheim Angels? Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Review: No bad orders and plenty of sauce at Ellie’s in Long Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 Apartments are offering free or discount WiFi, grocery delivery, dog walking, special lockers for package deliveries, valet trash pick-up, and personal services from picking up your dry cleaning to light housework. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Grocery delivery. Valet trash pickup. Dog walking. These aren’t your grandparents’ rental apartments.," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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)

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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