Definition of valet in English:


Syllabification: val·et
Pronunciation: /vaˈlā, ˈvalā, ˈvalit


  • 1A man’s personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.
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    • These butlers, footmen, valets, drivers, personal assistants, and bodyguards knew where the bodies lay.
    • I have no idea how the others manage to take such personal attentions for granted, to the point that they can't function without their personal maids and valets.
    • While waiting for his trial, Galileo was housed in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Vatican gardens and provided with a personal valet.
    manservant, man, personal attendant, personal servant, page, servant, flunky; hotel attendant, parking attendant, concierge
  • 1.1A hotel employee performing valet duties for guests.
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    • Also in the kit is information on the new valet unpack service, providing added assistance in the unpacking of boxes.
    • At the hotel, the bellman should get $2 per bag carried and a concierge or a valet should get at least $2 per service.
    • Their duties include acting as valets for male guests.
  • 1.2A rack or stand on which to hang clothing.
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    • The user then unfolds the arm extensions of the hanger and the valet is ready for use.
    • She took his jacket from his shoulders and turned to hang it on the valet.
    • After wearing a suit or jacket, I normally hang it on the valet overnight to get rid of any wrinkles and to air out the fabric.
  • 2North American A person employed to park cars.
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    • However, in Los Angeles, even the most ordinary mid-range restaurant will happily employ a valet service to park your car and bring it back round to the front door for you, to coincide with your departure.
    • A valet recently refused to park her Land Rover because it was a complete mess.
    • When the valets park your car in a covered spot, the fee is the same as uncovered.


(valets, valeting, valeted) [with object] Back to top  
  • 1Act as a valet to (a particular man).
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    • She did the fine laundry, and looked after 'his' clothes, and valeted him.
    • It doesn't hurt my pride to valet him.
    • He valeted Lord Oldcastle when he went on the special mission to Berlin.
  • 1.1 [no object] Work as a valet.


late 15th century (denoting a footman acting as an attendant to a horseman): from French; related to vassal.

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