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sewer1

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noun
  1. an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

Origin of sewer1

1375–1425; late Middle English suer(e) < dialectal Old French se(u)wiere overflow channel (compare Old French ess(e)ouer(e) ditch) < Latin *exaquāria drain for carrying water off, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary; see sew2, -er2
Related formssew·er·less, adjectivesew·er·like, adjective

sewer2

[soh-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that sews.

Origin of sewer2

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sew1, -er1

sewer3

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noun
  1. a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.

Origin of sewer3

1300–50; Middle English, aphetic < Anglo-French asseour seater, equivalent to Old French asse(oir) to seat (< Latin assidēre to attend upon; see assiduous) + -our -or2
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sewer1

noun
  1. a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage
verb
  1. (tr) to provide with sewers

Word Origin

C15: from Old French esseveur, from essever to drain, from Vulgar Latin exaquāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + aqua water

sewer2

noun
  1. a person or thing that sews

sewer3

noun
  1. (in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests

Word Origin

C14: shortened from Anglo-French asseour, from Old French asseoir to cause to sit, from Latin assidēre, from sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for sewer

n.1

c.1400, "conduit," from Anglo-French sewere, Old North French sewiere "sluice from a pond" (13c.), literally "something that makes water flow," from shortened form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. Middle French esseveur), from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aquaria, fem. of aquarius "pertaining to water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).

Specifically of underground channels for wastewater from c.1600; figurative use of this is from 1640s.

n.2

"one who sews," late 14c., agent noun from sew (v.).

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