noun (plural footmen)
1A liveried servant whose duties include admitting visitors and waiting at table.
- 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.
- 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.
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