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sommelier

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for sommelier

sommelier
/ (ˈsʌməlˌjeɪ) /

noun

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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