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A footman is a male servant, typically domestic staff.
The name is derived the attendants who ran beside or behind the carriages of aristocrats, many of whom were chosen for their physical attributes.
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.