b.f. butler

Butler

[buht-ler]
noun
1.
Benjamin Franklin, 1818–93, U.S. politician and a Union general in the Civil War.
2.
Joseph, 1692–1752, English bishop, theologian, and author.
3.
Nicholas Murray, 1862–1947, U.S. educator: president of Columbia University 1902–45; Nobel peace Prize 1931.
4.
Pierce, 1866–1939, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1923–39.
5.
Samuel, 1612–80, English poet.
6.
Samuel, 1835–1902, English novelist, essayist, and satirist.
7.
Smedley Darlington [smed-lee dahr-ling-tuhn] , 1881–1940, U.S. Marine Corps general.
8.
a city in W Pennsylvania.
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butler (ˈbʌtlə)
 
n
the male servant of a household in charge of the wines, table, etc: usually the head servant
 
[C13: from Old French bouteillier, from bouteillebottle1]

Butler (ˈbʌtlə)
 
n
1.  Joseph. 1692--1752, English bishop and theologian, author of Analogy of Religion (1736)
2.  Josephine (Elizabeth). 1828--1906, British social reformer, noted esp for her campaigns against state regulation of prostitution
3.  Reg, full name Reginald Cotterell Butler. 1913--81, British metal sculptor; his works include The Unknown Political Prisoner (1953)
4.  R(ichard) A(usten), Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, known as Rab Butler. 1902--82, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951--55); Home Secretary (1957--62); Foreign Secretary (1963--64)
5.  Samuel. 1612--80, English poet and satirist; author of Hudibras (1663--78)
6.  Samuel. 1835--1902, British novelist, noted for his satirical work Erewhon (1872) and his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903)

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butler
late 12c., from Anglo-Fr. buteillier "cup-bearer," from O.Fr. boteillier "cup-bearer, butler, officer in charge of wine," from boteille "wine vessel, bottle" (see bottle). The word reflects the position's original function as "chief servant in charge of wine." In O.Fr., fem.
boteilliere was used of the Virgin Mary as "dispenser" of the cup of Mercy.
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Butler definition


properly a servant in charge of the wine (Gen. 40:1-13; 41:9). The Hebrew word, _mashkeh_, thus translated is rendered also (plural) "cup-bearers" (1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chr. 9:4). Nehemiah (1:11) was cup-bearer to king Artaxerxes. It was a position of great responsibility and honour in royal households.

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