Definition of valet in English:

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Pronunciation: /vaˈlā/
Pronunciation: /ˈvalət/


1A man’s personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.
Example sentences
  • These butlers, footmen, valets, drivers, personal assistants, and bodyguards knew where the bodies lay.
  • I have no idea how the others manage to take such personal attentions for granted, to the point that they can't function without their personal maids and valets.
  • While waiting for his trial, Galileo was housed in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Vatican gardens and provided with a personal valet.
manservant, man, personal attendant, personal servant, page, servant, flunky;
hotel attendant, parking attendant, concierge
1.1A hotel employee performing valet duties for guests.
Example sentences
  • Also in the kit is information on the new valet unpack service, providing added assistance in the unpacking of boxes.
  • At the hotel, the bellman should get $2 per bag carried and a concierge or a valet should get at least $2 per service.
  • Their duties include acting as valets for male guests.
1.2A rack or stand on which to hang clothing.
Example sentences
  • The user then unfolds the arm extensions of the hanger and the valet is ready for use.
  • She took his jacket from his shoulders and turned to hang it on the valet.
  • After wearing a suit or jacket, I normally hang it on the valet overnight to get rid of any wrinkles and to air out the fabric.
2North American A person employed to park cars.
Example sentences
  • However, in Los Angeles, even the most ordinary mid-range restaurant will happily employ a valet service to park your car and bring it back round to the front door for you, to coincide with your departure.
  • A valet recently refused to park her Land Rover because it was a complete mess.
  • When the valets park your car in a covered spot, the fee is the same as uncovered.


(valets, valeting, valeted) [with object]
1Act as a valet to (a particular man).
Example sentences
  • She did the fine laundry, and looked after 'his' clothes, and valeted him.
  • It doesn't hurt my pride to valet him.
  • He valeted Lord Oldcastle when he went on the special mission to Berlin.
1.1 [no object] Work as a valet.


Late 15th century (denoting a footman acting as an attendant to a horseman): from French; related to vassal.

  • Rich men who could afford to employ a valet to look after their clothes had to be careful that he was also not a varlet (mid 16th century), ‘an unprincipled man’, as the words are essentially the same. French valet ‘attendant’ and its early variant varlet are related to vassal (Late Middle English), from medieval Latin vassallus ‘retainer’, which derived from a Celtic word. The first valets were 15th-century footmen who acted as attendants on a horseman.

Words that rhyme with valet

mallet, palette, pallet

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Syllabification: val·et

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