Definition of maître d'hôtel in English:

maître d'hôtel

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Pronunciation: /ˌmeɪtrə dəʊˈtɛl
, mɛtʀ dotɛl/
(also maître d' /ˌmeɪtrə ˈdiː/)

noun (plural maîtres d'hôtel pronounced same, or maître d's)

1The head waiter of a restaurant.
More 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.


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

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