bar·​man | \ ˈbär-mən How to pronounce barman (audio) \

Definition of barman

chiefly British

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Recent Examples on the Web Michele Bronzin, a barman at Florian, calls it more than just a café. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "World Wars Couldn’t Stop Venice’s Caffe Florian. Covid Did.," 25 Feb. 2021 But being a barman is a dangerous trade in Iraq, where alcohol shops are frequently targeted by disapproving militias. Samya Kullab, Star Tribune, "In a Baghdad bar, a Syrian serves cocktails to fix war woes," 3 Feb. 2021 Mel also becomes involved with a handsome barman and lots of babies. Jim Kiest,, "Watch acclaimed drama ‘Sound of Metal’ at home Friday on Amazon Prime, plus season two of ‘Virgin River’ and a ‘Popeye’ Blue-ray reissue," 1 Dec. 2020 That was problematic, the chatter went, because all her family members had contact with dozens each day: Her brother was a barman at a trendy watering hole, and her father worked for a government agency. New York Times, "On This Island, Everyone Knows Your Name (if You Have Covid-19)," 17 Sep. 2020 The invention of the drink is credited to Wil P. Taylor, one of the barmen during the glamorous Havana hotel’s 1930s heyday (Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, and Marlon Brando were guests). Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Classic Cocktails Invented in Hotels—And How to Make Them at Home," 11 May 2020 As waiters circulate with duck rillettes pot pie and tuna tartare tacos, two barmen pour wines meant to mimic those tasted by the play’s characters, old friends on a California spree. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Sideways: The Experience,’ Bros Run Amok in Wine Country," 4 Mar. 2020 The oh-so-popular seasonal beverage first became popular in Western Europe during the 18th century in pubs in northern England and Scotland, where barmen would pour hot water into their Scotch and sip the drink to stay warm. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make a Hot Toddy," 24 Sep. 2019 Taste creative Madeira cocktails by head barman Luis Sousa at legendary Belmond Reid’s Palace (established 1891), perched on a cliff overlooking Funchal Bay. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Barman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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