Meaning of “butler” in the English Dictionary


"butler" in English

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butlernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌt.lər/ us /ˈbʌt.lɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Ashe heard the butler moving in the hall and summoned him. 
  • She had not long been in the cottage when the butler arrived. 
  • Then the butler entered the room: "Some one wishes to speak to your ladyship on the telephone, immediately," he said. 
  • Two men were standing there, hat in hand whispering to the butler. 
  • We have all had quite enough of him,' said her ladyship, as the butler announced dinner. 

(Definition of “butler” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"butler" in American English

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butlernoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʌt·lər/

the most important male servant in a house:

The British butler was brilliantly played by Anthony Hopkins.

(Definition of “butler” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)