[ suhm-uh l-yey; French saw-muh-lyey ]
/ ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪ; French sɔ məˈlyeɪ /

noun, plural som·me·liers [suhm-uh l-yeyz; French saw-muh-lyey] /ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪz; French sɔ məˈlyeɪ/.

a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sommelier

/ (ˈsʌməlˌjeɪ) /


a wine steward in a restaurant or hotel

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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