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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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