- a male servant who attends to the personal needs of his male employer, as by taking care of clothing or the like; manservant.
- a man who is employed for cleaning and pressing, laundering, and similar services for patrons of a hotel, passengers on a ship, etc.
- an attendant who parks cars for patrons at a hotel, restaurant, etc.
- a stand or rack for holding coats, hats, etc.
- to serve as a valet.
Origin of valet
Examples from the Web for valet
Contemporary Examples of valet
A valet found Hilton's possessions down the road from her property and her driver retrieved them.Elle Macpherson Remarries; "Bling Ring" Copycats Attempt to Rob Paris Hilton
The Fashion Beast Team
August 5, 2013
In keeping with its Los Angeles origins, Pinkberry is a valet operation.Frozen-Yogurt Shops Are Everywhere, but We Are Nowhere Near Saturation
July 19, 2013
After a few years, he ended up in Moscow, where he was briefly employed as valet to a wealthy nobleman.The Black Count of Russia
March 17, 2013
The food might be pretty, but you just want the valet to bring your car around already.Why I’m Tired of ‘Top Chef’
February 1, 2012
A few minutes later, a blue, economy-sized vehicle pulls up and a valet yells our name.Oscars 2011: Red Carpet and Vanity Fair Party Photos
February 27, 2011
Historical Examples of valet
Mr. Wing is an American-born Chinese and practises the profession of a valet.The Garden of Bright Waters
The valet drew near and whispered something in his master's ear.Night and Morning, Complete
Now did I not hear him this minute announced by his own valet?Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The Marquis looked that way, and listened for the retreating step of his valet.A Tale of Two Cities
The General also had two servants with him, a valet, and a maid.The Inn at the Red Oak
- a manservant who acts as personal attendant to his employer, looking after his clothing, serving his meals, etcFrench name: valet de chambre
- a manservant who attends to the requirements of patrons in a hotel, passengers on board ship, etc; steward
- to act as a valet for (a person)
- (tr) to clean the bodywork and interior of (a car) as a professional service
Word Origin for valet
"personal man-servant," mid-14c., from Old French valet, variant of vaslet "man's servant," originally "squire, young man," from Gallo-Romance *vassellittus "young nobleman, squire, page," diminutive of Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus "servant" (see vassal). Modern sense is usually short for valet de chambre; the general sense of "male household servant of the meaner sort" going with the variant form varlet. First recorded use of valet parking is from 1960.