- a servant who fills and serves wine cups, as in a royal palace or at an elaborate banquet.
Origin of cupbearer
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Examples from the Web for cupbearer
"Call your cupbearer, your majesty, and he will explain it to you," said the lad.
It would tax the muscles of a Sisyphus, let alone a cupbearer's.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
Another served as cupbearer, and stood by her majesty's chair.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.
William H. Prescott
Then, not long after, he entered the Dauphin's service in the capacity of cupbearer.The Works of Honor de Balzac
Honor de Balzac
Autumn personified as Hebe, the cupbearer of the Greek gods.
- an attendant who fills and serves wine cups, as in a royal household