from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artificial, usually underground conduit for carrying off sewage or rainwater.
  • n. A medieval servant who supervised the serving of meals.
  • n. One that sews: a sewer of fine clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage.
  • n. A servant attending at a meal, responsible for seating arrangements, serving dishes etc.
  • n. A person who sews.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who sews, or stitches.
  • n. A small tortricid moth whose larva sews together the edges of a leaf by means of silk
  • n. A drain or passage to carry off water and filth under ground; a subterraneous channel, particularly in cities.
  • n. Formerly, an upper servant, or household officer, who set on and removed the dishes at a feast, and who also brought water for the hands of the guests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drain by means of sewers; provide with sewers.
  • To empty as a sewer; discharge sewage.
  • n. One who sews or uses the needle.
  • n. Specifically—
  • n. In bookbinding, the operator, usually a woman, who sews together the sections of a book.
  • n. In entomology, the larva of a tortricid moth, one of the leaf-rollers or leaf-folders, as Phoxopteris nubeculana, the. apple-leaf sewer.
  • n. A person charged with the service of the table, especially a head servant or upper servant in such a capacity.
  • n. A conduit or canal constructed, especially in a town or city, to carry off superfluous water, soil, and other matters; a public drain.
  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a cloaca.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
  • n. someone who sews
  • n. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money


Middle English, from Anglo-Norman sewere, from Vulgar Latin *exaquāria : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin aquāria, feminine of aquārius, pertaining to water (from aqua, water; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots).
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman asseour, from asseer, to seat guests, from Latin assidēre, to sit down : ad-, ad- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman asseour, from Old French asseoir ("find a seat for"), from Latin assidēre, present active participle of assideō ("attend to"), from ad ("to, towards, at") + sedeō ("sit"). (Wiktionary)


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