from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person employed to obtain and maintain the storage of provisions, especially food.
- n. A person or company hired to provide and serve food, usually for a large group and at a location separate from where the food is prepared.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who caters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A provider or purveyor of food or provisions; one who provides for any want or desire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who provides food and service (as for a party)
I called the caterer of the Sunday bash and asked if he might be able to cook Jimmie.
Someone call the caterer, the petting zoo and the guys behind the three hundred and sixty pounds of confetti we ordered for the party to celebrate Xbox 360's win in Japan.
"We've got to call the caterer and tell them we're going to be late."
The next morning, Mother called the caterer at the crack of dawn to see if something could be changed, pasta instead of rice, anything.
What I love most about being called a caterer is that it acknowledges our core desire to cater to the needs of others -- and while that on the surface has come to mean "supply food" it also means "provide what is needed."
So, you might think the occupational hazard of being a caterer is the risk of overeating; after all, we are surrounded by incredible food.
It's more fun to call the caterer and discuss the food than go to a bank and talk about a joint credit card.
The offices of her agent, publicist, and lawyers (My, thought Shanks, what a lot of people it takes to maintain a movie star.) all had male employees, but none of them admitted to calling the caterer and there was no obvious reason to think one of them was a liar.
When the word spreads around, and it will because my caterer is the best in Virginia, and he loves to boast, no one will be able to resist coming to my party.
The caterer is a volunteer from the mess, and generally serves for a week, when another volunteer takes his place.
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