Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person, as in a monastic community, who is responsible for maintaining the supply of food and drink.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as cellarman.
  • noun One who keeps wine- or spirit-cellars; a spirit-dealer or winemerchant. Also cellarist.

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

  • noun (Eccl.) A steward or butler of a monastery or chapter; one who has charge of procuring and keeping the provisions.

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

  • noun The person, usually in a monastery, responsible for providing food and drink.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English celerer, from Old French, from Latin cellārius, steward, from cella, storeroom; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

cellar +‎ -er

Examples

  • The cellarer was a stout man, vulgar in appearance but jolly, white-haired but still strong, small but quick.

    The Name of the Rose

  • The cellarer was the purveyor of all food-stuffs and drink for the use of the community.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • He needs men to take on the demanding jobs, such as cellarer, prior and bishop.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • 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.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • 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.

    The Monastic Cellarer

  • 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... .

    A NOVENA FOR HOLY CHURCH AND HER BELOVED PRIESTS

  • 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... .

    Archive 2009-02-22

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • “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.”

    The Monastery

  • “His wife makes a lovely chatelaine, and Oom Hendrik has assumed the congenial functions of cellarer and chaplain.”

    The Five of Hearts

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