The lacquey declared with a knowing wink afterwards that his lordship must 'ave been drinkin'!
"Animal," was the retort—for true courtesy commend me to a lacquey!
It was his lacquey, or his father's, who denounced us to-night!
Robeccal had said a few words to her before he went away with the lacquey.
The Marquis asked for Cyprien; he had not been seen in the hôtel for two days, the lacquey replied.
Don't I know that the duty of a lacquey in Madrid is to lie with a good grace?
Then tell me why, when we were at the soirée last evening, at a name pronounced by a lacquey you became ghastly pale.
My household is small and humble, but I have just lost my lacquey, who died of fever.
Was this a mere stroke of humour, or designed to insinuate that the freedom of criticism could only be allowed to his lacquey?
From the station of a lacquey, an Italian who can amass riches, may rise to that of duke.
1520s, "footman, running footman, valet," from Middle French laquais "foot soldier, footman, servant" (15c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Provençal lacai, from lecai "glutton, covetous," from lecar "to lick." Alternative etymology is via French from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qadi "the judge." Yet another guess traces it through Spanish lacayo, from Italian lacchè, from Modern Greek oulakes, from Turkish ulak "runner, courier." This suits the original sense better, but OED says Italian lacchè is from French. Sense of "servile follower" appeared 1580s. As a political term of abuse it dates from 1939 in communist jargon.