Definition of footman in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfʊtmən

noun (plural footmen)

1A liveried servant whose duties include admitting visitors and waiting at table.
More example sentences
  • An army of servants - maids, footmen, cooks and gardeners - made the luxurious lifestyle of the family possible.
  • It is a sweeping assessment of the backroom boys - and they are usually male - the valets, the footmen, the butlers who make up the backbone of the royal retinue, but it is one that many with experience of the system recognise.
  • Alas, visions of liveried footmen and Royal Doulton soon vanished as we pulled into the driveway of Clapped Out Estates, and the effusive greetings of a red-nosed investment banker dressed in plus fours and carpet slippers.
2 historical A soldier in the infantry.
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  • When you signed up, you were asked where you wanted to be, cavalry, archery, footmen, swordsmen, smiths.
  • There are only a few units: peasants, footmen, knights, archers and catapults.
  • A great enthusiasm filled the air as the armies spread out, loosening ranks, cavalry and footmen finding their way across the road and into the fields and woods.
3 archaic A trivet to hang on the bars of a grate.
4A slender moth that is typically of a subdued colour, the caterpillar feeding almost exclusively on lichens.

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