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 pronunc. same, or maître d's)

  • 1The head waiter of a restaurant.
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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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