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  <font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 26, 2021 is:</font>
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<strong>maître d&#039;</strong> &#8226; may-truh-DEE&nbsp; &#8226; <em>noun</em><br />
<p>A <em>maître d'</em> (or <em>maitre d'</em>) is the headwaiter of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel.

// The maître d’ ushered the celebrity couple to a private table at the back of the restaurant.

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<strong>Examples:</strong><br />
<p>"Mike is part of a long-standing trio responsible for making Lucca's one of Helena's premier fine-dining establishments. … Rounding out the team is Ray Spooner, <em>maître d'</em>, who not only greets and seats patrons but starts the evening off by eloquently describing the featured wines." — Donnie Sexton, <em>The Billings (Montana) Gazette</em>, 19 Oct. 2021

<strong>Did you know?</strong><br />
<p><em>Maître d'</em> is short for <em><a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ma%C3%AEtre%20d'h%C3%B4tel">maître d'hôtel</a></em>, which comes from French and literally means "master of the house." <em>Maître d'hôtel</em> was used in English for a head butler or <a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steward">steward</a> of a household  before it referred to the head of a dining-room staff. For the record, the plural of <em>maître d'hôtel</em> is <em>maîtres d'hôtel</em> whereas the plural of <em>maître d'</em> is <em>maître d's</em>.



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