Definition of valet in US English:



  • 1A man's personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance.

    • ‘Just then his valet helps him into his ninth change of clothes that day.’
    • ‘You know, probably the most powerful people within a household are valets, dressers and butlers.’
    • ‘As of today you will be my personal valet.’
    • ‘His staff includes three butlers, four valets, four chefs, 10 gardeners, and more.’
    • ‘The alleged victim, George Smith, is a former valet.’
    • ‘Waited on by servants and valets, doted on by his parents, the young prince could not have had a more cosseted start to life.’
    • ‘While waiting for his trial, Galileo was housed in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Vatican gardens and provided with a personal valet.’
    • ‘Hector suddenly turned to his former valet and grabbed his arm.’
    • ‘Jeeves is not a butler, of course, nor just a valet, but something more - a gentleman's gentleman.’
    • ‘When you want to create a real big impression it is useful to have your own personal valet.’
    • ‘Visiting valets and lady's maids know their place and take on the names of their employers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have a valet called Charlie, and perfect manners.’
    • ‘These butlers, footmen, valets, drivers, personal assistants, and bodyguards knew where the bodies lay.’
    • ‘Revolving around a large weekend hunting party in the 1930s, upper class guests, and their personal valets, arrive in droves.’
    • ‘Personal staff costs - for two butlers, a valet, four chefs, two chauffeurs, eight housekeepers, eight gardeners and a secretariat - are probably another £1m.’
    • ‘They change out of their drab attire, helped by servants and valets.’
    • ‘Ronan Jones - my former valet - is to play my doctor.’
    • ‘Below stairs, their maids and valets work in tandem with the house staff, a subterranean world with its own strict hierarchy.’
    • ‘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.’
    manservant, man, personal attendant, gentleman's gentleman, jeeves
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    1. 1.1 A hotel employee performing valet duties for guests.
      • ‘Also in the kit is information on the new valet unpack service, providing added assistance in the unpacking of boxes.’
      • ‘Their duties include acting as valets for male guests.’
      • ‘At check-in and check-out, the valet, doorman and bellman all line up for tips.’
      • ‘Most had sea duty as personal valets, cabin boys, and dishwashers.’
      • ‘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 end of the day, thoughtful valets unbuckle your boots, toss them onto a warmer, stash your skis, and hand you a cup of cocoa.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only people who own tuxedoes anymore are head waiters, valets, and musicians.’
      • ‘At the hotel, the bellman should get $2 per bag carried and a concierge or a valet should get at least $2 per service.’
      • ‘She opened it and found a young hotel valet standing outside with their baggage.’
      • ‘Corporate clients staying in one of the 80 higher-end suites can use the services of a personal valet.’
    2. 1.2US A rack or stand on which to hang clothing.
      • ‘The user then unfolds the arm extensions of the hanger and the valet is ready for use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She took his jacket from his shoulders and turned to hang it on the valet.’
  • 2North American A person employed to park cars.

    • ‘Trudy tipped the valet, got into the driver's seat and closed the door.’
    • ‘After I had the car valet parked, I took her hand once again, and escorted her into the building.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the valets park your car in a covered spot, the fee is the same as uncovered.’
    • ‘Why would that man give the car to the valet when he could just park it himself?’
    • ‘By the time Ally handed the keys over to the valet at the hotel, Trent had regained his strength.’
    • ‘He handed the keys to a valet who had appeared out of no where.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, why were there all of those valets in front of hotels if no one ever used a car?’
    • ‘A valet recently refused to park her Land Rover because it was a complete mess.’
    • ‘Pull into an upscale shopping mall and the pampered car gets parked just outside the door by the valet.’
    • ‘I didn't mean to imply that the valets had stolen my camera, just that they parked the car in an unknown location.’
    • ‘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 hand my keys to the valet and follow and exquisitely dressed couple through the house to the backyard.’
    • ‘The valet opened up my door, escorting me out of the car.’
    • ‘Customers can now drive up to the terminal building, drop their vehicle curbside, and a valet will park their vehicle in a secure lot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luke reluctantly let the valet park his car and followed the girls into the large mansion.’
    • ‘There's a photo shoot going on in the poolside bar as I arrive, and the parking valets are even more surly than downtown.’
    • ‘She tipped the valet and followed James into the lobby.’


[with object]
  • 1Act as a valet to (a particular man).

    • ‘She did the fine laundry, and looked after 'his' clothes, and valeted him.’
    • ‘He valeted Lord Oldcastle when he went on the special mission to Berlin.’
    • ‘It doesn't hurt my pride to valet him.’
    1. 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.