Definition of valet in English:

valet

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Pronunciation: /ˈvalɪt
 
, ˈvaleɪ
 
/

noun

1A man’s personal male attendant, who is responsible for his clothes and appearance.
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  • 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.
Synonyms
manservant, man, personal attendant, gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves; Frenchvalet de chambre
British dated batman
1.1A hotel employee who attends to the clothes of guests: [as modifier]: a valet service
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  • 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.
2North American A person employed to clean or park cars: he handed his keys to the parking valet [as modifier]: valet parking
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  • 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.

verb (valets, valeting, valeted)

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1Act as a valet to (a particular man): one evening when I was valeting him, Mr Charles told me he had met my father
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  • 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.
2Clean (a car), especially on the inside: try not to spill anything on the seat—I just had the thing valeted
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  • I personally did not hear the shots being fired as I had the vacuum on valeting a car with the radio going full blast.
  • Braintree Council has leased about 20 parking spaces in Braintree's George Yard car park to Car Valet UK to wash and valet cars.
  • The 28-year-old England captain also spent £74,000 on parking and valeting his five cars; £54,000 on food; and £9,000 on TV and video.

Origin

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

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