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 (sŭm′əl-yā′, sô′mə-lyā′)
A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.

[French, from Old French, officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver, alteration of *sommerier, from sommier, beast of burden, from Vulgar Latin *saumārius; see summer2.]


(Commerce) a wine steward in a restaurant or hotel
[French: butler, via Old French from Old Provençal saumalier pack-animal driver, from Late Latin sagma a packsaddle, from Greek]


(ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪ; Fr. sɔ məˈlyeɪ)

n., pl. som•me•liers (ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪz; Fr. sɔ məˈlyeɪ)
a wine steward in a restaurant.
[1920–25; < French, Middle French, derivative of sommier one charged with arranging transport <somme burden]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sommelier - a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurantsommelier - a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
server, waiter - a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
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From local deepwater crab to freshly caught turbot, the cuisine available on the tasting menus is faultless, and matched with superb wines from around the world chosen by the in-house somelier.
STAR PERFORMER: Somelier Grace Matterson, inset, who has been recognised for her work at Rockliffe Hall
What I was most looking forward to however was the outdoor hot tub, taking in the crisp country air and overlooking the rumbling River Maine I could've stayed there all day but alas an appointment with the Somelier for some wine tasting beckoned.