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maître d'hôtel Syllabification: maî·tre d'hô·tel
Pronunciation: /ˌmātrə dōˈtel/ /ˌmetrə/
(also maître d'ˌmātrə ˈdēˌmātər)

Definition of maître d'hôtel in English:

noun (plural maîtres d'hôtel pronounced same; also maître d's)

1The person in a restaurant who oversees the waitpersons and busboys, and who typically handles reservations.
Example sentences
  • The maître d's also have to keep up with who has dined at Nobu recently.
  • No one works a room like Ralph Fredericks, the flamboyant maître d' who keeps the mood light at the new Famoso.
  • Queen of maître d's, Elena Salvoni, 87, has served everyone from Princess Diana to Sean Connery.
1.1The manager of a hotel.

Origin

Mid 16th century: French, literally 'master of (the) house'.

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