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maître d'hôtel

[ mey-ter doh-tel, mey-truh; French me-truh doh-tel ]
/ ˌmeɪ tər doʊˈtɛl, ˌmeɪ trə; French ˌmɛ trə doʊˈtɛl /
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noun, plural maî·tres d'hô·tel [mey-terz doh-tel, mey-truhz; French me-truh doh-tel]. /ˌmeɪ tərz doʊˈtɛl, ˌmeɪ trəz; French ˌmɛ trə doʊˈtɛl/.

a headwaiter.
a steward or butler.
the owner or manager of a hotel.
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Origin of maître d'hôtel

First recorded in 1530–40; from French: “master of (the) house”
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British Dictionary definitions for maître d'hôtel

maître d'hôtel
/ (ˌmɛtrə dəʊˈtɛl, French mɛtrə dotɛl) /

noun plural maîtres d'hôtel

a head waiter or steward
the manager or owner of a hotel
C16: from French: master of (the) hotel
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