- 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.
Origin of butler
Examples from the Web for under-butler
Contemporary Examples of under-butler
Under-butler Grant Harrold claimed he was forced to quit his £24,000-a-year job looking after Charles and Camilla last year.Chaz Pays Off Former Butler
November 19, 2012
Historical Examples of under-butler
- the male servant of a household in charge of the wines, table, etc: usually the head servant
Word Origin for butler
- 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)
late 12c., from Anglo-French buteillier "cup-bearer," from Old French boteillier "cup-bearer, butler, officer in charge of wine," from boteille "wine vessel, bottle" (see bottle (n.)). The word reflects the position's original function as "chief servant in charge of wine." In Old French, fem. boteilliere was used of the Virgin Mary as "dispenser" of the cup of Mercy.