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butler

[ buht-ler ]
/ ˈbʌt lər /
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noun

the chief male servant of a household, usually in charge of serving food, the care of silverware, etc.
a male servant having charge of the wines and liquors.
a tray or other receptacle used to serve drinks or food.

verb (used with object)

to serve (drinks, hors d’oeuvres, etc.) by walking around among guests:Our waitstaff will butler cocktails on silver trays. The butlered appetizers are all gluten-free.

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Origin of butler

First recorded in1250–1300; Middle English buteler, from Anglo-French butuiller, Old French bouteillier, from Medieval Latin butticulārius, derivative of butticula ; see bottle1, -er2, -ier2

OTHER WORDS FROM butler

but·ler·like, adjectivebut·ler·ship, nounun·der·but·ler, noun

Definition for butler (2 of 2)

Butler
[ buht-ler ]
/ ˈbʌt lər /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for butler (1 of 2)

butler
/ (ˈbʌtlə) /

noun

the male servant of a household in charge of the wines, table, etc: usually the head servant

Word Origin for butler

C13: from Old French bouteillier, from bouteille bottle 1

British Dictionary definitions for butler (2 of 2)

Butler
/ (ˈbʌtlə) /

noun

Joseph . 1692–1752, English bishop and theologian, author of Analogy of Religion (1736)
Josephine (Elizabeth). 1828–1906, British social reformer, noted esp for her campaigns against state regulation of prostitution
Reg, full name Reginald Cotterell Butler . 1913–81, British metal sculptor; his works include The Unknown Political Prisoner (1953)
R (ichard) A (usten), Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, known as Rab Butler . 1902–82, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951–55); Home Secretary (1957–62); Foreign Secretary (1963–64)
Samuel . 1612–80, English poet and satirist; author of Hudibras (1663–78)
Samuel . 1835–1902, British novelist, noted for his satirical work Erewhon (1872) and his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903)
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