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.
In modern houses where the butler is the most senior worker, titles such as majordomo, butler administrator, house manager, manservant, staff manager, chief of staff, staff captain, estate manager and head of household staff are sometimes given. The precise duties of the employee will vary to some extent in line with the title given, but perhaps more importantly in line with the requirements of the individual employer. In the grandest homes or when the employer owns more than one residence, there is sometimes an estate manager of higher rank than the butler.
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... 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 May 1853, where he found work ... 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 ...
... 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 ... Successful Butler prosecutions have been undertaken against the lesbian sadomasochistic magazine Bad Attitude, as well as the owners of a gay and lesbian bookstore for selling it ...
... 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 ...
... Butler's beliefs were cited as the reason for some "valid but irregular" ordinations in his diocese ... 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 ...
... 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 ...
Famous quotes containing the word butler:
“Be virtuousand you will be vicious.”
—Samuel Butler (18351902)
“Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.”
—Samuel Butler (18351902)