June 29, 2013
valet (noun)
\VAL-ut\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a hotel employee who does personal services for guests
How do you use it?
We gave our keys to the valet and asked him to park the car.
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"Valet" has an earlier meaning that we have not told you. What do you think the other meaning of "valet" is?

"Valet" was first used in written English in the 14th century to refer to a man's male servant who does personal services such as taking care of his employer's clothes. "Valet" came from an Anglo-French word that described a young man of noble birth who served a lord in a similar sort of way. Since then, the meaning of "valet" (also pronounced \VA-lay\ or \va-LAY\)has broadened to refer to anyone (male or female) who performs personal services in places like hotels. It took on one more meaning in the 1940s and now also refers to a rack for holding men's clothing -- like the original valet would have done.
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