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sommelier

[suhm-uh l-yey; French saw-muh-lyey] /ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪ; French sɔ məˈlyeɪ/
noun, plural sommeliers
[suhm-uh l-yeyz; French saw-muh-lyey] /ˌsʌm əlˈyeɪz; French sɔ məˈlyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.
Origin of sommelier
1920-1925
1920-25; < French, Middle French, dissimilated form of *sommerier, derivative of sommier one charged with arranging transportation, equivalent to somme burden (< Late Latin sagma horse load < Greek ságma covering, pack saddle) + -ier -ier2
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sommelier

/ˈsʌməlˌjeɪ/
noun
1.
a wine steward in a restaurant or hotel
Word Origin
French: butler, via Old French from Old Provençal saumalier pack-animal driver, from Late Latin sagma a packsaddle, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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