som·​me·​lier | \ ˌsə-məl-ˈyā How to pronounce sommelier (audio) \
plural sommeliers\ ˌsə-​məl-​ˈyā(z) How to pronounce sommelier (audio) \

Definition of sommelier

: a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service : a wine steward

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Recent Examples on the Web Parr is an acclaimed sommelier and winemaker who has worked at some of the most exclusive restaurants in California. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Trying to convince someone that has an unconscious perspective on what someone with a disability can or can’t do is not an easy task, let alone trying to convince an executive to hire a sommelier who is paraplegic. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Forbes, 17 June 2021 To complement your meal, try a recommendation from the resident rum sommelier or one of the expert mixologists behind the bar. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 25 June 2021 If those words are also not listed, your sommelier will be happy to help. Robin Raven, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Monarch’s lead sommelier, Yuri Tukuli, recommends Jankara Vermentino di Gallura Superiore DOCG (about $30 at Pogo’s, by special order). Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Axelsson agrees that Tastry is not a substitute for a sommelier. Tom Page, CNN, 28 May 2021 Satterfield has worn many hats: chef, sommelier, journalist and, in his current day job, a founder of Whetstone Media. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 When should people use the services of a sommelier? Robin Raven, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of sommelier

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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23 Jul 2021

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“Sommelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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: a waiter in a restaurant who is in charge of serving wine

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