from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person, as in a monastic community, who is responsible for maintaining the supply of food and drink.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The person, usually in a monastery, responsible for providing food and drink.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A steward or butler of a monastery or chapter; one who has charge of procuring and keeping the provisions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer in a monastery who has the care of the cellar, or the charge of procuring and keeping the provisions; also, an officer in a chapter who has the care of the temporals, and particularly of the distribution of bread, wine, and money to canons on account of their attendance in the choir.
- n. Same as cellarman.
- n. One who keeps wine- or spirit-cellars; a spirit-dealer or winemerchant. Also cellarist.
The cellarer was a stout man, vulgar in appearance but jolly, white-haired but still strong, small but quick.
The cellarer was the purveyor of all food-stuffs and drink for the use of the community.
He needs men to take on the demanding jobs, such as cellarer, prior and bishop.
The cellarer was the material counterpart of the sacrist: Cuthbert had to provide for all the monks’ practical needs, gathering in the produce of the monastery’s farms and granges and going to market to buy what the monks and their employees could not provide themselves.
They do not follow you, Christ crucified, but they hound you and your blood- especially those who rebel against your cellarer who holds the keys to the wine cellar where your precious blood is stored... .
Feminine Genius discusses the duties of the cellarer in the Benedictine Rule and how so much of it is imitable for all walks of life.
“Let these strangers be carried to the great hall,” said the Sub – Prior, “and be treated with the best by the cellarer; reminding them, however, of that modesty and decency of conduct which becometh guests in a house like this.”
“His wife makes a lovely chatelaine, and Oom Hendrik has assumed the congenial functions of cellarer and chaplain.”
The cellarer unlocked the best wine or his treat as he called: "Oh Key of David, come, and come quickly."
The reverend cellarer for a time laughed at our emotion, and then spoke to us as follows:
The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.
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