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bellboy

[bel-boi]
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noun
  1. a bellhop.
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Origin of bellboy

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; bell1 + boy
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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.

  • He followed the bellboy to the desk, where stood Polatkin and Scheikowitz.

  • "And sick too," Fischko added, just as a bellboy came into the café.


British Dictionary definitions for bellboy

bellboy

noun
  1. a man or boy employed in a hotel, club, etc, to carry luggage and answer calls for service; page; porterAlso called (US and Canadian): bellhop
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Word Origin and History for bellboy

n.

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

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