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maître d'hôtel

[mey-ter doh-tel, mey-truh; French me-truh doh-tel] /ˌmeɪ tər doʊˈtɛl, ˌmeɪ trə; French ˌmɛ trə doʊˈtɛl/
noun, plural maîtres d'hôtel
[mey-terz doh-tel, mey-truh z; French me-truh doh-tel] /ˌmeɪ tərz doʊˈtɛl, ˌmeɪ trəz; French ˌmɛ trə doʊˈtɛl/ (Show IPA)
1.
a headwaiter.
2.
a steward or butler.
3.
the owner or manager of a hotel.
4.
Cookery. a sauce of melted butter, minced parsley, and lemon juice or vinegar.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < French: master of (the) hotel
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British Dictionary definitions for maître-dhôtel

maître d'hôtel

/ˌmɛtrə dəʊˈtɛl; French mɛtrə dotɛl/
noun (pl) maîtres d'hôtel
1.
a head waiter or steward
2.
the manager or owner of a hotel
Word Origin
C16: from French: master of (the) hotel
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Word Origin and History for maître-dhôtel

maitre d'hotel

1530s, "head domestic," from French maître d'hôtel, literally "house-master," from Old French maistre "master; skilled worker, educator" (12c.), from Latin magistrum (see magistrate). Sense of "hotel manager, manager of a dining room" is from 1890. Shortened form maître d' is attested from 1942; simple maitre from 1899.

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