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

  • noun 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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  • noun 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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  • noun a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant

Etymologies

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

[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 summer.]

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From the French sommelier

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