Definitions for Butler
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a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table
Butler, Samuel Butlernoun
English novelist who described a fictitious land he called Erewhon (1835-1902)
Butler, Samuel Butlernoun
English poet (1612-1680)
A manservant having charge of wines and liquors.
The chief male servant of a household who has charge of other employees, receives guests, directs the serving of meals, and performs various personal services.
A valet, a male personal attendant.
To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.
An English and Irish occupational surname for someone who was a butler or wine servant.
An Anglicized form of the French surname Boutilier, of similar derivation.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A servant in a family employed in furnishing the table.
Etymology: bouteiller, Fr. boteler, or botiller, old English, from bottle; he that is employed in the care of bottling liquours.
Butlers forget to bring up their beer time enough. Jonathan Swift.
A butler is a person who works in a house serving and is a domestic worker in a large household. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlour floor, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. A butler is usually male, and in charge of male servants, while a housekeeper is usually a woman, and in charge of female servants. Traditionally, male servants (such as footmen) were better paid and of higher status than female servants. The butler, as the senior male servant, has the highest servant status. He can also sometimes function as a chauffeur. In older houses where the butler is the most senior worker, titles such as majordomo, butler administrator, house manager, manservant, staff manager, chief of staff, staff captain, estate manager, and head of household staff are sometimes given. The precise duties of the employee will vary to some extent in line with the title given, but perhaps, more importantly in line with the requirements of the individual employer. In the grandest homes or when the employer owns more than one residence, there is sometimes an estate manager of higher rank than the butler. The butler can also be assisted by a head footman or footboy called the under-butler.
A butler is a domestic worker in a large household, employed by a wealthy family, who is in charge of the dining area, wine cellar, and pantry. They supervise and coordinate activities of household staff, manage household budgets and maintenance, and may also serve meals or perform personal services such as helping their employer to dress or handling their correspondence. The role may also involve various other managerial tasks depending on the specific needs of the household.
an officer in a king's or a nobleman's household, whose principal business it is to take charge of the liquors, plate, etc.; the head servant in a large house
A butler is a domestic worker in a large household. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlour floor, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. A butler is usually male, and in charge of male servants, while a housekeeper is usually a woman, and in charge of female servants. Traditionally, male servants were rarer and therefore better paid and of higher status than female servants. The butler, as the senior male servant, has the highest servant status. In modern houses where the butler is the most senior worker, titles such as majordomo, butler administrator, house manager, manservant, staff manager, chief of staff, staff captain, estate manager and head of household staff are sometimes given. The precise duties of the employee will vary to some extent in line with the title given, but perhaps more importantly in line with the requirements of the individual employer. In the grandest homes or when the employer owns more than one residence, there is sometimes an estate manager of higher rank than the butler.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
but′lėr, n. a servant who has charge of the liquors, plate, &c.—v.i. to act as butler.—ns. But′lership, But′lerage; But′lery, the butler's pantry. [Norm. Fr. butuiller—Low L. buticularius. See Bottle.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. A Person or Thing that has charge of the servants in a house belonging to another Person or Thing. 2. A tyrant without ears, eyes, organs, dimensions, passions.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Butler is ranked #108 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Butler surname appeared 218,847 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 74 would have the surname Butler.
62.3% or 136,473 total occurrences were White.
31.5% or 69,024 total occurrences were Black.
2.4% or 5,362 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2.3% or 5,143 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.8% or 1,838 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 985 total occurrences were Asian.
The numerical value of Butler in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Butler in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
It is my belief that we stopped listening to each other, we did n’t respond or react. We got frustrated with each other and we forced individuals like Jonathan Butler to take immediate action, unusual steps to affect change. This is not – I repeat, not – the way change should come about. Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation and we have top respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and quit intimidating each other.
When I started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, I consulted my primary care physician. My doctor ordered a test for COVID-19, which I obtained at the drive-through testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital. My test came back positive this afternoon. Thank you to my doctor Bill DiCuccio and the staff at Butler Memorial for their excellent care. My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance.
I told Mr. John Butler,' Mr. John Butler, she said I can't graduate and walk across the stage because of my shoes,'.
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
The public does n’t know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle names. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle run the show. Even the queen is sort of at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mercy. Princess Diana’s butler, Princess Diana butler, once took Princess Diana aside and whispered, ‘ There are forces at work that we know nothing about. ’ It’s a sad situation, but it’s being created by the people that Princess Diana called the ‘ men in gray. ’.
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- majordom, sommelierCatalan, Valencian
- Butler, DienerGerman
- hovimestari, sommelierFinnish
- majordome, sommelierFrench
- costituente, maggiordomoItalian
- ソムリエ, 執事Japanese
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