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[bel-boi] /ˈbɛlˌbɔɪ/
a bellhop.
Origin of bellboy
1830-40, Americanism; bell1 + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was smoking peacefully in the conservatory of the hotel, when a bellboy brought me the card of Captain le Vicmte de Cluny.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • "And sick too," Fischko added, just as a bellboy came into the café.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • I was smoking restlessly in the conservatory of the hotel when a bellboy brought me the card of Captain le Vicmte de Barsac.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • How about the bellboy who was on duty all Monday night, Mr. Keene?

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • The chauffeur wishes to speak to one of the 244 ladies, announced a bellboy.

  • Yes; and called the bellboy to take the letterwhich Manning had prepared.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • A bellboy will be waiting for you at the desk, and he is to bring you right up to room 1121.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • Clerk sent me up with it, sir, said the bellboy respectfully.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • The bellboy handed him an envelope and then went away quickly.

  • "Spring house-cleaning," explained the bellboy, hurdling a pail.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for bellboy


a man or boy employed in a hotel, club, etc, to carry luggage and answer calls for service; page; porter Also called (US and Canadian) bellhop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bellboy

from bell (n.) + boy; originally (1851) a ship's bell-ringer, later (1861) a hotel page.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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