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sommelier

[suhm-uh l-yey; French saw-muh-lyey]
noun, plural som·me·liers [suhm-uh l-yeyz; French saw-muh-lyey] /ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪz; French sɔ məˈlyeɪ/.
  1. a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.
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Origin of sommelier

1920–25; < French, Middle French, dissimilated form of *sommerier, derivative of sommier one charged with arranging transportation, equivalent to somme burden (< Late Latin sagma horse load < Greek ságma covering, pack saddle) + -ier -ier2
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Historical Examples of sommelier

  • She caught the hand with which he was signalling to the sommelier.

  • And when the sommelier attempted to help him with the wine, he was elbowed vigorously.

    Visionaries

    James Huneker

  • He had a professional talk with the sommelier while waiting for the soup, then settled down to enjoy his meal.

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    Harry Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for sommelier

sommelier

noun
  1. a wine steward in a restaurant or hotel
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Word Origin for sommelier

French: butler, via Old French from Old Provençal saumalier pack-animal driver, from Late Latin sagma a packsaddle, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for sommelier

n.

wine waiter, 1889, from French sommelier "a butler," originally an officer who had charge of provisions (13c.), from somme "pack" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *salma, corruption of sagma "a pack-saddle," later the pack on the saddle (Isidore of Seville). Also borrowed in 16c.

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