from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The head servant in a household who is usually in charge of food service, the care of silverware, and the deportment of the other servants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manservant having charge of wines and liquors.
  • n. The chief male servant of a household who has charge of other employees, receives guests, directs the serving of meals, and performs various personal services.
  • n. A valet, a male personal attendant.
  • v. To buttle, to dispense wines or liquors; to take the place of a butler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An officer in a king's or a nobleman's household, whose principal business it is to take charge of the liquors, plate, etc.; the head servant in a large house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man-servant in a household whose principal duty is to take charge of the liquors, plate, etc.; the head male servant of a household.
  • n. The title of an official of high rank nominally connected with the importation and supply of wine for the royal table, but having different duties in different countries and at various times.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English poet (1612-1680)
  • n. a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table
  • n. English novelist who described a fictitious land he called Erewhon (1835-1902)


Middle English, from Old French bouteillier, bottle bearer, from bouteille, botele, bottle; see bottle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French butiller ("officer in charge of wine"). See bottle. (Wiktionary)



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  • In castles, the person in charge of the bottles of beer and wine. (Not to be confused with bottler or buttery.)

    August 24, 2008