from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A purveyor; a caterer: as, “Robin Hood's bailiff or acater,” B. Jonson, Sad Shepherd (dram. pers.). Also written acator, accator, achator, achatour, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete See caterer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete caterer


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  • "Thus an important new role now developed under the steward: that of the acater--from 'acheter', to buy--who oversaw the purchasing of supplies from local markets and specialist merchants; unlike modern caterers, the acater was emphatically not the cook, but he was the man who got slapped if the cheese ran out."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 89

    That's odd. I always thought the cheese stands alone.

    January 8, 2017