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[va-ley, val-it, val-ey] /væˈleɪ, ˈvæl ɪt, ˈvæl eɪ/
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.
Origin of valet
1560-70; < French; Middle French va(s)let squire, equivalent to vas- (< Medieval Latin vassus servant) + -let -let; see vassal
Related forms
valetless, adjective
unvaleted, adjective
Can be confused
valet, valid. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for valeted
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  • I valeted you during the day-time and went about my own peculiar business at night.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • Under his régime the hounds were valeted as they had never been before.

    All on the Irish Shore E. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Gimp waved them off angrily, but they valeted for him, anyhow.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Young Martin, who valeted Derry when Bronson would let him, followed with more proffers of assistance.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • I can tell a man who's been valeted as far as my eyes will reach.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Fancy me waited on and valeted by a stout party in black, of quiet, gentlemanly planners.

    The World's Greatest Books, Volume V. Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • His slippers were set in readiness on the hearth-rug, and the machine who valeted him had fitted them with boot-trees.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • Mrs. Butterworth put him in the west room, sir, and I valeted him.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • valeted: served; (from valet, a gentleman's private servant).

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • One of my sisters who, like me, had failed to "marry well" valeted for her husband; but somehow that seemed to be all right.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
British Dictionary definitions for valeted


/ˈvælɪt; ˈvæleɪ/
a manservant who acts as personal attendant to his employer, looking after his clothing, serving his meals, etc French name valet de chambre
a manservant who attends to the requirements of patrons in a hotel, passengers on board ship, etc; steward
verb -ets, -eting, -eted
to act as a valet for (a person)
(transitive) to clean the bodywork and interior of (a car) as a professional service
Word Origin
C16: from Old French vaslet page, from Medieval Latin vassus servant; see vassal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for valeted



"personal man-servant," mid-14c., from Old French valet, variant of vaslet "man's servant," originally "squire, young man," from Gallo-Romance *vassellittus "young nobleman, squire, page," diminutive of Medieval Latin 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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