som·​me·​lier ˌsə-məl-ˈyā How to pronounce sommelier (audio)
plural sommeliers ˌsə-məl-ˈyā(z) How to pronounce sommelier (audio)
: a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service : a wine steward

Examples of sommelier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking a free or low-cost sommelier course online, or showing up a local wine bar or winery for a tasting can run you no more than $50-$100. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 7 June 2024 Cyrus Schultz, wine director and sommelier at Cyrus, aims to create drinks that make sober guests feel just as special, if not more, than those indulging in traditional wine pairings. Christine Chitnis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2024 Matthew Couch is a first level sommelier and has 20 years experience in the restaurant and bartending industry. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2024 The good news for wine lovers is that increasingly sophisticated travelers are influencing the choices that sommeliers are making when choosing wines for their lists. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sommelier 

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Word History


French, from Middle French soumelier official charged with transportation of supplies, from Old French, pack animal driver, probably alteration of *sommerier, from somier pack animal, from Medieval Latin saugmarius, from Late Latin sagma packsaddle — more at sumpter

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sommelier was in 1829

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“Sommelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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