Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

sewer

play
noun sew·er \ˈsü-ər, ˈsu̇r\

Definition of sewer

  1. :  a medieval household officer often of high rank in charge of serving the dishes at table and sometimes of seating and tasting



Origin of sewer

Middle English, from Anglo-French asseour, literally, seater, from Anglo-French asseer to seat — more at assize


First Known Use: 14th century


2

sewer

play
noun sew·er \ˈsō-ər\

Definition of sewer

  1. :  one that sews



14th Century

First Known Use of sewer

14th century

Rhymes with sewer


3

sewer

play
noun sew·er \ˈsü-ər, ˈsu̇r\

Definition of sewer

  1. :  an artificial usually subterranean conduit to carry off sewage and sometimes surface water (as from rainfall)



Origin of sewer

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from assewer, essiver to drain, from Vulgar Latin *exaquare, from Latin ex- + aqua water — more at island


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sewer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ