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butler

[buht-ler]
noun
1.
the chief male servant of a household, usually in charge of serving food, the care of silverware, etc.
2.
a male servant having charge of the wines and liquors.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English buteler < Anglo-French butuiller, Old French bouteillier; see bottle1, -er2, -ier2

butlerlike, adjective
butlership, noun
underbutler, noun
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butler (ˈbʌtlə)
 
n
the male servant of a household in charge of the wines, table, etc: usually the head servant
 
[C13: from Old French bouteillier, from bouteillebottle1]

Butler (ˈbʌtlə)
 
n
1.  Joseph. 1692--1752, English bishop and theologian, author of Analogy of Religion (1736)
2.  Josephine (Elizabeth). 1828--1906, British social reformer, noted esp for her campaigns against state regulation of prostitution
3.  Reg, full name Reginald Cotterell Butler. 1913--81, British metal sculptor; his works include The Unknown Political Prisoner (1953)
4.  R(ichard) A(usten), Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, known as Rab Butler. 1902--82, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951--55); Home Secretary (1957--62); Foreign Secretary (1963--64)
5.  Samuel. 1612--80, English poet and satirist; author of Hudibras (1663--78)
6.  Samuel. 1835--1902, British novelist, noted for his satirical work Erewhon (1872) and his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903)

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butler
late 12c., from Anglo-Fr. buteillier "cup-bearer," from O.Fr. boteillier "cup-bearer, butler, officer in charge of wine," from boteille "wine vessel, bottle" (see bottle). The word reflects the position's original function as "chief servant in charge of wine." In O.Fr., fem.
boteilliere was used of the Virgin Mary as "dispenser" of the cup of Mercy.
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Butler definition


properly a servant in charge of the wine (Gen. 40:1-13; 41:9). The Hebrew word, _mashkeh_, thus translated is rendered also (plural) "cup-bearers" (1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chr. 9:4). Nehemiah (1:11) was cup-bearer to king Artaxerxes. It was a position of great responsibility and honour in royal households.

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