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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wine steward. The person at an expensive restaurant who keeps the wine cellar and advises guests on a choice of wines.

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

  • 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)



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