sewer

1
[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /

noun

an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.

verb (used with object)

to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

Origin of sewer

1
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 forms

sew·er·less, adjectivesew·er·like, adjective

Definition for sewer (2 of 3)

sewer

2
[ soh-er ]
/ ˈsoʊ ər /

noun

a person or thing that sews.

Origin of sewer

2
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sew1, -er1

Definition for sewer (3 of 3)

sewer

3
[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /

noun

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

Origin of sewer

3
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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British Dictionary definitions for sewer (1 of 3)

sewer

1
/ (ˈsuːə) /

noun

a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage

verb

(tr) to provide with sewers

Word Origin for sewer

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

British Dictionary definitions for sewer (2 of 3)

sewer

2
/ (ˈsəʊə) /

noun

a person or thing that sews

British Dictionary definitions for sewer (3 of 3)

sewer

3
/ (ˈsuːə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for sewer

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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