Definition of maître d'hôtel in English:

maître d'hôtel

(also maître d')

Pronunciation /ˌmeɪtrə dəʊˈtɛl/ /mɛtʀ dotɛl/

nounmaîtres d'hôtel, maître d's

  • 1The head waiter of a restaurant.

    • ‘The maître d's also have to keep up with who has dined at Nobu recently.’
    • ‘No one works a room like Ralph Fredericks, the flamboyant maître d' who keeps the mood light at the new Famoso.’
    • ‘Queen of maître d's, Elena Salvoni, 87, has served everyone from Princess Diana to Sean Connery.’
    • ‘It was a time when players played for the love of the game, working as maître d's and salesmen and pipe-fitters in the off season to put food on the table.’
    • ‘Spector dropped large tips, $100 or more each, to waiters, bartenders, maître d's and other service-industry friends who comped his drinks.’
    server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
    1. 1.1The manager of a hotel.


Mid 16th century French, literally ‘master of (the) house’.


maître d'hôtel

/ˌmeɪtrə dəʊˈtɛl/ /mɛtʀ dotɛl/