[va-ley, val-it, val-ey]
a male servant who attends to the personal needs of his employer, as by taking care of clothing or the like; manservant.
a man who is employed for cleaning and pressing, laundering, and similar services for patrons of a hotel, passengers on a ship, etc.
an attendant who parks cars for patrons at a hotel, restaurant, etc.
a stand or rack for holding coats, hats, etc.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), valeted, valeting.
to serve as a valet.

1560–70; < French; Middle French va(s)let squire, equivalent to vas- (< Medieval Latin vassus servant) + -let -let; see vassal

valetless, adjective
unvaleted, adjective

valet, valid. Unabridged
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valet (ˈvælɪt, ˈvæleɪ)
1.  French name: valet de chambre a manservant who acts as personal attendant to his employer, looking after his clothing, serving his meals, etc
2.  a manservant who attends to the requirements of patrons in a hotel, passengers on board ship, etc; steward
vb , -ets, -eting, -eted
3.  to act as a valet for (a person)
4.  (tr) to clean the bodywork and interior of (a car) as a professional service
[C16: from Old French vaslet page, from Medieval Latin vassus servant; see vassal]

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Word Origin & History

"personal man-servant," 1567, from Fr. valet, from O.Fr. valet, variant of vaslet "man's servant," originally "squire, young man," from Gallo-Romance *vassellittus "young nobleman, squire, page," dim. of M.L. vassallus, from vassus "servant" (see vassal). Modern sense is
usually short for valet de chambre; the general sense of "male household servant of the meaner sort" going with the variant form varlet. First recorded use of valet parking is from 1960.
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Example sentences
To get the benefit, valet your car and show your membership card to the attendant.
The university will also offer valet bike parking to encourage fans to bike to games.
Did a nifty little thing with the car this time valet parking.
Expensive cars pull up to be parked by valet service.
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