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 As things began to wind down close to 1 a.m., sausage and egg sandwiches, vegan doughnut holes and iced coffee in to-go containers are up for grabs at the car service and valet pavilion. Washington Post, "Oscar parties: Pitt goes right in, Phoenix engraves-and-runs," 10 Feb. 2020 Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Dear Oscars, I Love You. But We Need to Talk.," 4 Feb. 2020 Uconnect 5 supports up to five driver profiles, which can be customized to the driver's preferences for music, apps, seat positioning, and climate, in addition to a valet profile. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "FCA Reveals Uconnect 5 with Amazon Alexa, Over-the-Air Updates," 27 Jan. 2020 Far from being mere valets to neurons, glia often take leading roles in protecting the brain’s health and directing its development. Quanta Magazine, "Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons’ Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers," 27 Jan. 2020 That area is already so packed that the only place to put the parking garage was beneath the street — cars would enter an lift and be parked by valet attendants. Rachel Swan,, "Advocates oppose parking garage that would bring car traffic to Transbay plaza," 15 Jan. 2020 Serkis has been cast as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's British butler and valet. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "The new 'Batman': Everything we know (so far) about the Robert Pattinson movie," 8 Jan. 2020 Also that evening, Rowe took two umbrellas from the valet area of the nearby Hyatt Hotel and used them to damage windows of that building, police said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Korean men in Seattle targeted by attacker screaming 'I hate Chinese'," 2 Jan. 2020 Parents and children, some teenagers and others as young as 4 or 5, emerge from cars that are whisked away by valets. Jim Rendon, Washington Post, "Can controversial entrepreneur Chris Whittle create a new model for private schools?," 23 Oct. 2019 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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14 Feb 2020

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“Valet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 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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