cup·​bear·​er ˈkəp-ˌber-ər How to pronounce cupbearer (audio)
: one who has the duty of filling and handing around the cups in which wine is served

Examples of cupbearer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chalice of the Gods is about Percy's first such quest, recovering the titular sacred object for the divine cupbearer Ganymede after it is stolen by an unknown source. Christian Holub,, 2 Oct. 2023 At the time, the would-be ruler was a cupbearer — an important position at the time. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2021 But Rhaenyra, the king’s cupbearer, interrupts before Corlys can lay out his point further. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 21 Aug. 2022 Rhaenyra, the king’s daughter, heir, and cupbearer, interjects. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2022 The Westeros public gave her the name the Realm's Delight — but instead of busying her days with needlework and elocution classes, Rhaenyra serves as her father's cupbearer and rides dragons. Nick Romano,, 13 July 2022 The moon is named for a cupbearer to the ancient Greek gods. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 27 July 2021 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'cupbearer.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cupbearer was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near cupbearer

Cite this Entry

“Cupbearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cup·​bear·​er ˈkəp-ˌbar-ər How to pronounce cupbearer (audio)
: a person whose duty is to serve cups of wine
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!