cupbearer

noun
cup·​bear·​er | \ ˈkəp-ˌber-ər How to pronounce cupbearer (audio) \

Definition of cupbearer

: 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 The moon is named for a cupbearer to the ancient Greek gods. Ashley Strickland And Katie Hunt, CNN, 9 June 2021 When, months later in June 323, Alexander died in Babylon, Antipater was still in his old position, though several of his sons, including Alexander’s cupbearer, were with Alexander. National Geographic, 3 Dec. 2019 While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. Joanna Robinson, HWD, 7 Aug. 2017 While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. Joanna Robinson, vanityfair.com, 7 Aug. 2017 Examples include a stunning vase on loan from the Louvre whose A side depicts Ganymede, the beautiful boy taken up to Mount Olympus to be a cupbearer for Zeus. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, 23 July 2017 Joffrey empties his goblet of wine over Tyrion’s head in response, and orders Tyrion to serve as his cupbearer, throwing his cup and demanding that Tyrion kneel. Laura Hudson, WIRED, 14 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of cupbearer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2021

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“Cupbearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cupbearer. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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