footman

footman
/foot"meuhn/, n., pl. footmen.
1. a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc.
2. a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot.
3. Archaic. an infantryman.
[1250-1300; ME fotman. See FOOT, MAN1]

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