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maître d'

[mey-ter dee, mey-truh-] /ˌmeɪ tər ˈdi, ˌmeɪ trə-/
noun, plural maître d's.
1.
maître d'hôtel (defs 1–3).
Origin of maître d'
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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  • At least, a little time after his return he sent his maitre d' hotel, to settle my account, and give me some money.

  • The pained features of the maitre d' reflected exquisite pain as he ushered them into the sunlight.

    Telempathy Vance Simonds
Word Origin and History for maitre d'

also maitre d, 1943; see maître d'hôtel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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