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Meaning of BUTLER

Pronunciation:  'butlur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table

BUTLER is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: pantryman
 See Also: manservant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\But"ler\, n. [OE. boteler, F. bouteillier a
bottle-bearer, a cupbearer, fr. LL. buticularius, fr.
buticula bottle. See {Bottle} a hollow vessel.]
An officer in a king's or a nobleman's household, whose
principal business it is to take charge of the liquors,
plate, etc.; the head servant in a large house.

      The butler and the baker of the king of Egypt. --Gen.
                                               xl. 5.

      Your wine locked up, your butler strolled abroad.

Easton Bible Dictionary

properly a servant in charge of the wine (Gen. 40:1-13; 41:9). The Hebrew word, _mashkeh_, thus translated is rendered also (plural) "cup-bearers" (1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chr. 9:4). Nehemiah (1:11) was cup-bearer to king Artaxerxes. It was a position of great responsibility and honour in royal households.

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