- a male servant who attends to the personal needs of his male employer, as by taking care of clothing or the like; manservant.
- a man who is employed for cleaning and pressing, laundering, and similar services for patrons of a hotel, passengers on a ship, etc.
- an attendant who parks cars for patrons at a hotel, restaurant, etc.
- a stand or rack for holding coats, hats, etc.
verb (used with or without object), val·et·ed, val·et·ing.
- to serve as a valet.
- a manservant who acts as personal attendant to his employer, looking after his clothing, serving his meals, etcFrench name: valet de chambre
- a manservant who attends to the requirements of patrons in a hotel, passengers on board ship, etc; steward
verb -ets, -eting or -eted
- to act as a valet for (a person)
- (tr) to clean the bodywork and interior of (a car) as a professional service
“personal man-servant,” mid-14c., from Old French valet, variant of vaslet “man’s servant,” originally “squire, young man,” from Gallo-Romance *vassellittus “young nobleman, squire, page,” diminutive of Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus “servant” (see vassal). Modern sense is usually short for valet de chambre; the general sense of “male household servant of the meaner sort” going with the variant form varlet. First recorded use of valet parking is from 1960.