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[kuhp-bair-er] /ˈkʌpˌbɛər ər/
a servant who fills and serves wine cups, as in a royal palace or at an elaborate banquet.
Origin of cupbearer
1375-1425; Middle English cuppe-berer. See cup, bearer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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an attendant who fills and serves wine cups, as in a royal household
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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cup-bearer in the Bible

an officer of high rank with Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian, and Jewish monarchs. The cup-bearer of the king of Egypt is mentioned in connection with Joseph's history (Gen. 40:1-21; 41:9). Rabshakeh (q.v.) was cup-bearer in the Assyrian court (2 Kings 18:17). Nehemiah filled this office to the king of Persia (Neh. 1:11). We read also of Solomon's cup-bearers (1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chr. 9:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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