One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man's personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.
manservant, man, personal attendant, gentleman's gentleman, jeevesView synonyms
- ‘Personal staff costs - for two butlers, a valet, four chefs, two chauffeurs, eight housekeepers, eight gardeners and a secretariat - are probably another £1m.’
- ‘Waited on by servants and valets, doted on by his parents, the young prince could not have had a more cosseted start to life.’
- ‘They change out of their drab attire, helped by servants and valets.’
- ‘When you want to create a real big impression it is useful to have your own personal valet.’
- ‘As of today you will be my personal valet.’
- ‘They have a valet called Charlie, and perfect manners.’
- ‘Revolving around a large weekend hunting party in the 1930s, upper class guests, and their personal valets, arrive in droves.’
- ‘Ronan Jones - my former valet - is to play my doctor.’
- ‘Just then his valet helps him into his ninth change of clothes that day.’
- ‘While waiting for his trial, Galileo was housed in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Vatican gardens and provided with a personal valet.’
- ‘The alleged victim, George Smith, is a former valet.’
- ‘For each member of the family there exists a personal servant (a ladies maid for the ladies and a valet for the gentlemen), each taking on the name of their master or mistress, so as to avoid confusion.’
- ‘His staff includes three butlers, four valets, four chefs, 10 gardeners, and more.’
- ‘Jeeves is not a butler, of course, nor just a valet, but something more - a gentleman's gentleman.’
- ‘Visiting valets and lady's maids know their place and take on the names of their employers.’
- ‘You know, probably the most powerful people within a household are valets, dressers and butlers.’
- ‘Hector suddenly turned to his former valet and grabbed his arm.’
- ‘I have no idea how the others manage to take such personal attentions for granted, to the point that they can't function without their personal maids and valets.’
- ‘Below stairs, their maids and valets work in tandem with the house staff, a subterranean world with its own strict hierarchy.’
- ‘These butlers, footmen, valets, drivers, personal assistants, and bodyguards knew where the bodies lay.’
- 1.1 A hotel employee performing valet duties for guests.
- ‘Corporate clients staying in one of the 80 higher-end suites can use the services of a personal valet.’
- ‘Most had sea duty as personal valets, cabin boys, and dishwashers.’
- ‘Their duties include acting as valets for male guests.’
- ‘At the end of the day, thoughtful valets unbuckle your boots, toss them onto a warmer, stash your skis, and hand you a cup of cocoa.’
- ‘Ask for one of the 42 beach cottages with 24-hour valets and 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, where you'll really be able to tell when surf's up.’
- ‘At the hotel, the bellman should get $2 per bag carried and a concierge or a valet should get at least $2 per service.’
- ‘At check-in and check-out, the valet, doorman and bellman all line up for tips.’
- ‘She opened it and found a young hotel valet standing outside with their baggage.’
- ‘Also in the kit is information on the new valet unpack service, providing added assistance in the unpacking of boxes.’
- ‘The only people who own tuxedoes anymore are head waiters, valets, and musicians.’
- ‘Personal valets glide silently past, afternoon tea is served at exorbitant prices, and trinkets of the previous visitors are left in some of the rooms - Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward.’
- 1.2US A rack or stand on which to hang clothing.
- ‘After wearing a suit or jacket, I normally hang it on the valet overnight to get rid of any wrinkles and to air out the fabric.’
- ‘The user then unfolds the arm extensions of the hanger and the valet is ready for use.’
- ‘She took his jacket from his shoulders and turned to hang it on the valet.’
2North American A person employed to park cars.
- ‘By the time Ally handed the keys over to the valet at the hotel, Trent had regained his strength.’
- ‘Trudy tipped the valet, got into the driver's seat and closed the door.’
- ‘There's a photo shoot going on in the poolside bar as I arrive, and the parking valets are even more surly than downtown.’
- ‘Why would that man give the car to the valet when he could just park it himself?’
- ‘I hand my keys to the valet and follow and exquisitely dressed couple through the house to the backyard.’
- ‘I didn't mean to imply that the valets had stolen my camera, just that they parked the car in an unknown location.’
- ‘The valets in LA are kind of offended if you say you want to park your own car, and I never know how much to tip.’
- ‘Three valets scrambled to eagerly open my door; they took my hand and assisted me in getting out of a car I successfully got out of unassisted everyday.’
- ‘A valet recently refused to park her Land Rover because it was a complete mess.’
- ‘The valet opened up my door, escorting me out of the car.’
- ‘When the valets park your car in a covered spot, the fee is the same as uncovered.’
- ‘Pull into an upscale shopping mall and the pampered car gets parked just outside the door by the valet.’
- ‘However, in Los Angeles, even the most ordinary mid-range restaurant will happily employ a valet service to park your car and bring it back round to the front door for you, to coincide with your departure.’
- ‘She tipped the valet and followed James into the lobby.’
- ‘Customers can now drive up to the terminal building, drop their vehicle curbside, and a valet will park their vehicle in a secure lot.’
- ‘The valet car park looks like a Park Lane showroom; if you don't have a Mercedes, BMW, or Porsche, you come with someone who does.’
- ‘I mean, why were there all of those valets in front of hotels if no one ever used a car?’
- ‘He handed the keys to a valet who had appeared out of no where.’
- ‘Luke reluctantly let the valet park his car and followed the girls into the large mansion.’
- ‘After I had the car valet parked, I took her hand once again, and escorted her into the building.’
1Act as a valet to (a particular man).
- ‘He valeted Lord Oldcastle when he went on the special mission to Berlin.’
- ‘She did the fine laundry, and looked after 'his' clothes, and valeted him.’
- ‘It doesn't hurt my pride to valet him.’
- 1.1no object Work as a valet.
Late 15th century (denoting a footman acting as an attendant to a horseman): from French; related to vassal.
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