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

  • n. A man's male servant, who takes care of his clothes and performs other personal services.
  • n. An employee, as in a hotel or on a ship, who performs personal services for guests or passengers.
  • transitive v. To act as a personal servant to; attend.
  • intransitive v. To work as a valet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man's personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.
  • n. A hotel employee performing such duties for guests.
  • n. A female performer in professional wrestling, acting as either a manager or personal chaperone; often used to attract and titillate male members of the audience.
  • n. A female chaperone who accompanies a man, and is usually not married to him.
  • n. A person employed to clean or park cars.
  • n. A wooden stand on which to hold clothes and accessories in preparation for dressing.
  • v. To clean and service (a car), as a valet does.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A male waiting servant; a servant who attends on a gentleman's person; a body servant.
  • n. A kind of goad or stick with a point of iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man-servant who attends on a man's person. Also called valet de chambre.
  • n. In the manège, a kind of goad or stick armed with a point of iron.
  • To attend on as valet; act the valet to.

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

  • v. serve as a personal attendant to
  • n. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer


Middle English valette, from Old French vaslet, valet, servant, squire, from Vulgar Latin *vassellitus, diminutive of *vassus, vassal; see vassal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French; related to vassal. (Wiktionary)



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  • must be pronounced unlike the French, with a fully realized 't' at the end (if you subscribe to Chapism, that is)

    June 22, 2009