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[key-ter-er] /ˈkeɪ tər ər/
one whose business is to provide food, supplies, and sometimes service at social gatherings.
one who caters.
Origin of caterer
First recorded in 1585-95; cater + -er1 Unabridged
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  • A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The menu and serving were wholly in the hands of a caterer from the city.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • This is something the caterer and the housewife must remember.

  • Louise washed the caterer's dishes—he made a reduction in his price.

    Americans All Various
  • Under it are cases and hampers of all sorts, which the caterer has not unpacked.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • But Punch is and can be something more than a caterer of sport.

  • What is important and desirable, however, is that each person should be his own caterer.

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Let the hand of the caterer be kept as much as possible out of luncheon.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for caterer


a person who caters, esp one who as a profession provides food for large social events, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caterer

mid-15c., earlier simply cater (see cater (v.)). With redundant -er (cf. poulterer, sorcerer, upholsterer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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