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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Alexander the Great's warrior mom wielded unprecedented power," 3 Dec. 2019 While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Game of Thrones: Littlefinger’s Terrified Reaction to Bran, Explained," 7 Aug. 2017 While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. Joanna Robinson,, "Game of Thrones," 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,, "Toledo Museum of Art hosts first solo show in 25 centuries on ancient Greek Berlin Painter (photos)," 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, "Game of Thrones Gives Us the Best Wedding Gift Imaginable," 14 Apr. 2014

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cupbearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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