from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A caterer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Purveyor; acater.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as acater.


Old French achateor, achateur, "buyer, provider", derived from achater "buy; provide", from Late Latin accaptare, from ad ("to") + captare ("strive for"). (Wiktionary)


  • The official or servile class includes the manciple, or buyer for a fraternity of templars, otherwise called an achatour, whence Cator, Chater a, the Reeve, an estate steward, so crafty that — "Ther nas baillif, ne herde, nor oother hyne, That he ne knew his sleighte and his covyne" and finally the Cook, or Coke — "To boylle the chicknes and the marybones."

    The Romance of Names


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