a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc.
a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot.
Archaic. an infantryman.
- un·der·foot·man, noun, plural un·der·foot·men.
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How to use footman in a sentence
A footman was summoned and told to go down to the kitchens where the chefs on duty were severely reprimanded.
After graduating in June 2011, he applied for a job as a footman at Buckingham Palace, and started there in February 2012.
On my visit, I was attended by a footman and a lady dressed in period attire.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000 | Daniel Gross | June 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Master of Ceremonies for the affair was dressed as the Royal footman from Cinderella, Major Domo.The Most Ridiculous Parts of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s Vow Renewal | Kevin Fallon | May 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
On promotion to senior footman, a salary of £15,634 is paid.
He presented his card to the corpulent and powdered footman; he was announced; he was ushered in.
An automobile therefore has the same rights and no more than those of a footman.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Her gentle summons was answered by a tall powdered footman in blue and silver livery.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Generally, there is but one horse, at the side of which both the coachman and footman run on foot.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Varney was on his way to the house before the footman had finished his halting explanation.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for footman
a male servant, esp one in livery
a low four-legged metal stand used in a fireplace for utensils, etc
(formerly) a foot soldier
any of several arctiid moths related to the tiger moths, esp the common footman (Eilema lurideola), with yellowish hind wings and brown forewings with a yellow front stripe; they produce woolly bear larvae
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