Etymology
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sommelier (n.)

wine waiter, 1889, from French sommelier "a butler," originally an officer who had charge of provisions (13c.), from somme "pack" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *salma, corruption of sagma "a pack-saddle," later the pack on the saddle (Isidore of Seville). Also borrowed in 16c.

updated on October 27, 2013

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Definitions of sommelier from WordNet

sommelier (n.)
a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant;
Synonyms: wine waiter / wine steward
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