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[bel-boi] /ˈbɛlˌbɔɪ/
a bellhop.
Origin of bellboy
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; bell1 + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bellboy
Historical Examples
  • A bellboy saw Merry and hastened to notify him that he was wanted at the desk.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • How about the bellboy who was on duty all Monday night, Mr. Keene?

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • A bellboy will be waiting for you at the desk, and he is to bring you right up to room 1121.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • "And sick too," Fischko added, just as a bellboy came into the café.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • He followed the bellboy to the desk, where stood Polatkin and Scheikowitz.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • The bellboy handed him an envelope and then went away quickly.

  • Yes; and called the bellboy to take the letterwhich Manning had prepared.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Clerk sent me up with it, sir, said the bellboy respectfully.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • "Spring house-cleaning," explained the bellboy, hurdling a pail.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • One feels all right until the bellboy has fixed the key in the door and gone.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
British Dictionary definitions for bellboy


a man or boy employed in a hotel, club, etc, to carry luggage and answer calls for service; page; porter Also called (US and Canadian) bellhop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bellboy

from bell (n.) + boy; originally (1851) a ship's bell-ringer, later (1861) a hotel page.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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