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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caterer

Contemporary Examples of caterer

Historical Examples of caterer

  • A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.

  • The menu and serving were wholly in the hands of a caterer from the city.

  • This is something the caterer and the housewife must remember.

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

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

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    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for caterer



a person who caters, esp one who as a profession provides food for large social events, etc
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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).

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