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

Entry lines are long, the valet fills fast and only 30 minutes are allotted for pre-program schmoozing. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Inside Tootsies' "Spring is Served" Fashion Show & Lunch at River Oaks Country Club," 11 Apr. 2018 Brown's was founded in 1837 by James Brown, Lord Byron's former valet, and his wife Sarah, at the beginning of what would be Mayfair's—and London's—hotel boom. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Brown's Hotel is London's Latest Social Media Magnet," 30 Apr. 2019 Ditto tips for hotel housekeepers, doormen, valets, baristas, and the like. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Service: Supple and personable Reservations: Accepted Parking: Street or valetSpecial diets: They can be accommodated. Tim Smith,, "Food Market still draws crowds, delivers imaginative fare in Hampden," 31 May 2018 More likely to score a prime spot with the valet in Miami? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The McLaren 570S Spider Is Your Just-Won-the-Lottery Car," 12 Dec. 2018 The private ski valet and café will get you onto the mountain in time for first tracks. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 The parking lot can accommodate a total of 163 cars, but a portion of the lot on the north side of the building can be turned into a valet area that would increase parking to about 200 cars. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Northbrook considers Joy of the Game move, townhome development," 28 June 2018 On most weekends, the people waiting for a table spill out into the valet area behind the restaurant. Jenn Harris,, "The story behind Raffi's Place, and some of the best koobideh kebabs in Glendale," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 ORANGE Drivers circling the Old Towne Orange plaza looking for parking could soon valet their vehicles. Jonathan Winslow, Orange County Register, "Valet parking proposed in Old Towne Orange," 5 May 2017 If there’s one tell that signals an industry insider—beyond the competitive name-dropping or valeting the latest Tesla— Margaret Heidenry, HWD, "How Celebrity Production Companies Went from Joke to Box-Office (and Oscar) Gold," 24 Feb. 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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