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footman

[foo t-muh n] /ˈfʊt mən/
noun, plural footmen.
1.
a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc.
2.
a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot.
3.
Archaic. an infantryman.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English fotman. See foot, man1
Related forms
underfootman, noun, plural underfootmen.
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British Dictionary definitions for footmen

footman

/ˈfʊtmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a male servant, esp one in livery
2.
a low four-legged metal stand used in a fireplace for utensils, etc
3.
(formerly) a foot soldier
4.
any of several arctiid moths related to the tiger moths, esp the common footman (Eilema lurideola), with yellowish hind wings and brown forewings with a yellow front stripe; they produce woolly bear larvae
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Word Origin and History for footmen

footman

n.

c.1300, "foot soldier;" late 14c., "one who goes on foot;" as a personal attendant, originally one who ran before or alongside his master's carriage, announcing its arrival (and keeping it from tipping over). The modern, non-jogging servant sense is from c.1700, though the running footmen still were in service mid-18c. From foot (n.) + man (n.).

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