Definition of valet in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈvalɪt//ˈvaleɪ/


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

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

    ‘he handed his keys to the parking valet’
    [as modifier] ‘valet parking’
    • ‘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 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?’
    • ‘Why would that man give the car to the valet when he could just park it himself?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trudy tipped the valet, got into the driver's seat and closed the door.’
    • ‘The valet opened up my door, escorting me out of the car.’
    • ‘There's a photo shoot going on in the poolside bar as I arrive, and the parking valets are even more surly than downtown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the valets park your car in a covered spot, the fee is the same as uncovered.’
    • ‘I hand my keys to the valet and follow and exquisitely dressed couple through the house to the backyard.’
    • ‘After I had the car valet parked, I took her hand once again, and escorted her into the building.’
    • ‘Luke reluctantly let the valet park his car and followed the girls into the large mansion.’
    • ‘He handed the keys to a valet who had appeared out of no where.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A valet recently refused to park her Land Rover because it was a complete mess.’
    • ‘By the time Ally handed the keys over to the valet at the hotel, Trent had regained his strength.’


  • 1Act as a valet to (a particular man)

    ‘one evening when I was valeting him, Mr Charles told me he had met my father’
    • ‘It doesn't hurt my pride to valet him.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Work as a valet.
  • 2Clean (a car), especially on the inside.

    ‘try not to spill anything on the seat—I just had the thing valeted’
    • ‘Braintree Council has leased about 20 parking spaces in Braintree's George Yard car park to Car Valet UK to wash and valet cars.’
    • ‘I used to get my car valeted down by the docks and when I got it back it would stink of fish.’
    • ‘I personally did not hear the shots being fired as I had the vacuum on valeting a car with the radio going full blast.’
    • ‘The 28-year-old England captain also spent £74,000 on parking and valeting his five cars; £54,000 on food; and £9,000 on TV and video.’
    • ‘They valeted it and the next renter picked it up and drove off.’


Late 15th century (denoting a footman acting as an attendant to a horseman): from French; related to vassal.