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[va-ley, val-it, val-ey] /væˈleɪ, ˈvæl ɪt, ˈvæl eɪ/
a male servant who attends to the personal needs of his male employer, as by taking care of clothing or the like; manservant.
a man who is employed for cleaning and pressing, laundering, and similar services for patrons of a hotel, passengers on a ship, etc.
an attendant who parks cars for patrons at a hotel, restaurant, etc.
a stand or rack for holding coats, hats, etc.
verb (used with or without object), valeted, valeting.
to serve as a valet.
Origin of valet
1560-70; < French; Middle French va(s)let squire, equivalent to vas- (< Medieval Latin vassus servant) + -let -let; see vassal
Related forms
valetless, adjective
unvaleted, adjective
Can be confused
valet, valid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for valeting
Historical Examples
  • There will be no valeting, and you will have undisputed charge of the pantry and wine-cellar.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Count Saxe had both, and did not like the business of valeting, even for kings.

    Francezka Molly Elliot Seawell
  • If I were you I should try to get something better than valeting.

    The Great Adventure

    Arnold Bennett
  • Hughes repudiated all idea of valeting, but was willing to accept the man as a comrade.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • Mishka turned up again, and insisted on valeting me after a fashion, though I told him I could manage perfectly well by myself.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • One day she asked Gregory why he did not teach music instead of valeting at a hotel.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • The former does the valeting, the waiting, and is steward and butler, while the woman attends to the cooking and laundry.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • I'm not much of a sailor myself, but Alphonse knows something about other things besides cooking and valeting.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • Gregor, valeting in a hotel, pressing coats and trousers and sewing on buttons!

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for valeting


/ˈvælɪt; ˈvæleɪ/
a manservant who acts as personal attendant to his employer, looking after his clothing, serving his meals, etc French name valet de chambre
a manservant who attends to the requirements of patrons in a hotel, passengers on board ship, etc; steward
verb -ets, -eting, -eted
to act as a valet for (a person)
(transitive) to clean the bodywork and interior of (a car) as a professional service
Word Origin
C16: from Old French vaslet page, from Medieval Latin vassus servant; see vassal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for valeting



"personal man-servant," mid-14c., from Old French valet, variant of vaslet "man's servant," originally "squire, young man," from Gallo-Romance *vassellittus "young nobleman, squire, page," diminutive of Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus "servant" (see vassal). Modern sense is usually short for valet de chambre; the general sense of "male household servant of the meaner sort" going with the variant form varlet. First recorded use of valet parking is from 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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