The chief manservant of a house.
More example sentences
- In those days, a grand house would employ at least 16 domestic servants, and perhaps an army of 30-cooks, parlour maids, footmen, hall boys, gardeners, butlers, coachmen.
- I miss the people in the White House: the butlers, the house men, and the curator, and you know, the usher that runs the place.
- After that I fantasized for hours about living in such a house and having several maids and butlers instead of our one.
Middle English: from Old French bouteillier 'cup-bearer', from bouteille 'bottle'.