from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.
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- n. A wine steward. The person at an expensive restaurant who keeps the wine cellar and advises guests on a choice of wines.
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- n. a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
French, from Old French, officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver, alteration of *sommerier, from sommier, beast of burden, from Vulgar Latin *saumārius; see summer2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French sommelier (Wiktionary)