Definition of maître d'hôtel in English:

maître d'hôtel

Syllabification: maî·tre d'hô·tel
Pronunciation: /ˌmātrə dōˈtel, ˌmetrə
(also maître d' /ˌmātrə ˈdē, ˌmātər/)

noun (plural maîtres d'hôtel pronunc. same; also maître d's)

  • 1The person in a restaurant who oversees the waitpersons and busboys, and who typically handles reservations.
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    • 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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