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A footman is a male servant, typically domestic staff.<br>
The name is derived the attendants who ran beside or behind the carriages of aristocrats, many of whom were chosen for their physical attributes.<br>
Originally the term, also called running footman, applied to a non-mounted soldier, or foot soldier (infantryman). Later, just as demobilized officers frequently kept on a good batman as private servant, the word got applied to a household servant, who usually serves -- standing -- at meals while the master and guests remain seated.
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