valet

[ va-ley, val-it, val-ey ]
/ væˈleɪ, ˈvæl ɪt, ˈvæl eɪ /

noun

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.

verb (used with or without object), val·et·ed, val·et·ing.

to serve as a valet.

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Origin of valet

1560–70; <French; Middle French va(s)let squire, equivalent to vas- (<Medieval Latin vassus servant) + -let-let; see vassal

OTHER WORDS FROM valet

val·et·less, adjectiveun·val·et·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH valet

valet , valid
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British Dictionary definitions for valet

valet
/ (ˈvælɪt, ˈvæleɪ) /

noun

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

verb -ets, -eting or -eted

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

C16: from Old French vaslet page, from Medieval Latin vassus servant; see vassal
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