What is butler?

  • (noun): A manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table.
    Synonyms: pantryman

Butler

A butler is a domestic worker in a large household. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlour floor, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. A butler is usually male, and in charge of male servants, while a housekeeper is usually a woman, and in charge of female servants. Traditionally, male servants (such as footmen) were rarer and therefore better paid and of higher status than female servants. The butler, as the senior male servant, has the highest servant status.

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Butler - In Fiction - Examples
... See also List of fictional butlers Mr ... Edmund Blackadder, butler to Prince George the Prince Regent, in the TV Series Blackadder the Third ... Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler from Batman is a well known fictional butler ...
Tony Butler - Return To Commercial Radio
... In August 2009, it was announced by Tom Ross that Butler would be returning to the Gold airwaves to co-host the football phone in on Friday nights on Gold ... It is believed that Butler will be a regular fixture of their expanded coverage during the 2009/10 season ... In August 2012, it was announced by Tom Ross that Butler had finally ended his broadcasting career due to ill-health ...
Edward Butler (politician)
... Edward Butler (1 January 1823-9 June 1879), was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, son of Michael Butler, farmer, and his wife Mary, née Joyce ... Butler found that his ambitions to be trained as a lawyer were blocked in Ireland because of his Catholicism and he migrated to Sydney, arriving in ... In politics Butler was a strong supporter of the "liberal party", associated with Parkes and John Robertson, including Robertson's land policy and Charles Cowper's support for the withdrawal of ...
Tom Butler (bishop) - Controversies - Views On Homosexuality and Irregular Ordinations
... Butler's beliefs were cited as the reason for some "valid but irregular" ordinations in his diocese ... Coekin, minister of Dundonald Church in Wimbledon, due to a dispute with Butler over matters related to homosexuality ... Coekin subsequently had his licence to officiate revoked by Butler, but he was reinstated following an appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury ...
Catharine MacKinnon - Ideas and Activism - International Work
... Manitoba pornography distributor Donald Butler ... The Butler decision was controversial it is sometimes implied that shipments of Dworkin's book Pornography were seized by Canadian customs agents under this ruling, as well as ... Successful Butler prosecutions have been undertaken against the lesbian sadomasochistic magazine Bad Attitude, as well as the owners of a gay and ...

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