the chief male servant of a household, usually in charge of serving food, the care of silverware, etc.
a male servant having charge of the wines and liquors.
Benjamin Franklin, 1818–93, U.S. politician and a Union general in the Civil War.
Joseph, 1692–1752, English bishop, theologian, and author.
Nicholas Murray, 1862–1947, U.S. educator: president of Columbia University 1902–45; Nobel Peace Prize 1931.
Pierce, 1866–1939, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1923–39.
Samuel, 1612–80, English poet.
Samuel, 1835–1902, English novelist, essayist, and satirist.
Smedley Darlington
[smed-lee dahr-ling-tuh n] /ˈsmɛd li ˈdɑr lɪŋ tən/ (Show IPA), 1881–1940, U.S. Marine Corps general.
a city in W Pennsylvania.
Contemporary Examples

Will the Pope’s Former Butler, Paolo Gabriele, Pay in a Vatileaks Trial? Barbie Latza Nadeau July 23, 2012
It’s How Badly She Said It Gershom Gorenberg February 11, 2013
Will the Pope’s Former Butler, Paolo Gabriele, Pay in a Vatileaks Trial? Barbie Latza Nadeau July 23, 2012
The Seven Best Reality TV Shows Mitt Romney Could Make Matt Latimer November 11, 2012
Pope Pardons His Butler Paolo Gabriele Barbie Latza Nadeau December 21, 2012

Historical Examples

Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1 Work Projects Administration
The Prophet of Berkeley Square Robert Hichens
John Forster Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald
The Prophet of Berkeley Square Robert Hichens
The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society

the male servant of a household in charge of the wines, table, etc: usually the head servant
Joseph. 1692–1752, English bishop and theologian, author of Analogy of Religion (1736)
Josephine (Elizabeth). 1828–1906, British social reformer, noted esp for her campaigns against state regulation of prostitution
Reg, full name Reginald Cotterell Butler. 1913–81, British metal sculptor; his works include The Unknown Political Prisoner (1953)
R(ichard) A(usten), Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, known as Rab Butler. 1902–82, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951–55); Home Secretary (1957–62); Foreign Secretary (1963–64)
Samuel. 1612–80, English poet and satirist; author of Hudibras (1663–78)
Samuel. 1835–1902, British novelist, noted for his satirical work Erewhon (1872) and his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903)


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