Definition of sommelier
: a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service : a wine steward
Recent Examples of sommelier from the Web
Since 2009, Air France has taken airline food and wine to new, exciting places by partnering with famous chefs and sommeliers.
The event will be hosted by sommelier Stephanie Pack from Red Restaurant Group.
Syrah sales in the U.S. are stubbornly moribund despite the passionate exhortations of countless winemakers, sommeliers, writers, retailers and hard-core fans.
A wine distributor and sommelier by trade, Noel Patterson, the resident beekeeper at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, parlayed his experience with terroir to capture time and place in a bottle.
When the bottle proved sound, the sommelier returned to the table and poured the wine for Mr. Hiatt and his guest.
In modern wine service, where the sommelier has already tasted the wine for flaws, this expertise is not required of guests.
Even though most sommeliers taste the wine for flaws before bringing it to guests to taste, Mr. Ragan suggested that guests deserved the opportunity to confirm the sommelier’s opinion.
Sommeliers were up in arms; wine writers were up in arms.
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Origin and Etymology of sommelier
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
SOMMELIER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sommelier for English Language Learners
: a waiter in a restaurant who is in charge of serving wine
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