One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A liveried servant whose duties include admitting visitors and waiting at table.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘I saw how your guards, your coachman and your footman were driven off today.’
- ‘In the middle distance are their servants, grooms, running footmen and a man of higher status, wearing 17th century costume, mounted on a stallion.’
- ‘There were no ballrooms here, no antechambers upon antechambers, no retinues of servants and footmen.’
- ‘Coaches were not only expensive to purchase, but they were costly to maintain as they required a liveried servant to drive them and had a place for a footman.’
- ‘She didn't allow pariah boys to attend her school for native children because even in England it would not do for a gentleman's son to attend the same school as his footman's son.’
- ‘She climbed onto the bench next to the driver, while the footman helped Lady Mary into the cab.’
- ‘Alas, visions of liveried footmen and Royal Doulton soon vanished as we pulled into the driveway of Clapped Out Estates, and the effusive greetings of a red-nosed investment banker dressed in plus fours and carpet slippers.’
- ‘A footman helped Lord and Lady Grey in, then the two younger Grey sisters.’
- ‘It is a sweeping assessment of the backroom boys - and they are usually male - the valets, the footmen, the butlers who make up the backbone of the royal retinue, but it is one that many with experience of the system recognise.’
- ‘The attending maids and footmen silently left the room.’
- ‘The footman and coachman atop of the carriage were not wearing the black and red uniform of this Country, like Loraine's men, but a uniform that was a light blue and black.’
- ‘He was one of the footmen who waited at table; and no sooner had I pinned him than the detective loosed his hold.’
- ‘Surely in our increasingly democratic age it should have died out along with footmen and flunkeys?’
- ‘These butlers, footmen, valets, drivers, personal assistants, and bodyguards knew where the bodies lay.’
- ‘‘My Lady,’ the footman said, giving Ky a much-needed hand down.’
- ‘An army of servants - maids, footmen, cooks and gardeners - made the luxurious lifestyle of the family possible.’
- ‘There was £699 paid to extra staff that had to be drafted in such as pages, footmen, cellar assistants and glass and silver pantry assistants.’
- ‘There were no liveried footman doffing their hats and opening glass doors with gloved hands.’
- ‘A liveried footman was walking away from his front door as Croft rode by.’
- ‘As soon as he was gone, all the footmen and other servants burst out laughing.’
2historical A soldier in the infantry.
infantrymen, foot soldiers, foot guardsView synonyms
- ‘A great enthusiasm filled the air as the armies spread out, loosening ranks, cavalry and footmen finding their way across the road and into the fields and woods.’
- ‘There are only a few units: peasants, footmen, knights, archers and catapults.’
- ‘As a minor footman in her slave army, it fell to me to clean the bathroom.’
- ‘When you signed up, you were asked where you wanted to be, cavalry, archery, footmen, swordsmen, smiths.’
- ‘Demons, with their leathery wings spread wide, tore through the angelic ranks like heavy cavalry through green footmen.’
3archaic A trivet to hang on the bars of a grate.
4A slender moth that is typically of a subdued colour, the caterpillar feeding almost exclusively on lichens.
Several genera in the family Arctiidae: many species, including the common European Eilema lurideola
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