maître d'hôtel

[mey-ter doh-tel, mey-truh; French me-truh doh-tel]
noun, plural maîtres d'hôtel [mey-terz doh-tel, mey-truhz; French me-truh doh-tel] .
a headwaiter.
a steward or butler.
the owner or manager of a hotel.
Cookery. a sauce of melted butter, minced parsley, and lemon juice or vinegar.

1530–40; < French: master of (the) hotel Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
maître d'hôtel (ˌmɛtrə dəʊˈtɛl, French mɛtrə dotɛl)
n , pl maîtres d'hôtel
1.  a head waiter or steward
2.  the manager or owner of a hotel
[C16: from French: master of (the) hotel]

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Word Origin & History

maître d'hôtel
1540, "head domestic," from Fr., lit. "house-master," from O.Fr. maistre, from L. magistrum. Sense of "hotel manager, manager of a dining room" is from 1890. Shortened form maître d' is attested from 1953.
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