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[key-ter-er] /ˈkeɪ tər ər/
one whose business is to provide food, supplies, and sometimes service at social gatherings.
one who caters.
Origin of caterer
1585-95; cater + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for caterer
  • caterer's equipment must be delivered and removed within the contracted hours only.
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  • Groups planning to serve food and/or beverages at an event must use a licensed caterer.
  • The establishment is the central location from which the caterer route is serviced, not each vehicle, or cart.
  • All food and beverages must be purchased from and served by licensed caterer.
  • The eating establishment's charges to the caterer for the room are not subject to sales and use taxes.
  • Yes, if you hire a caterer who is licensed to sell alcohol at events.
  • The proceeds must go directly to the caterer, not the nonprofit.
  • If a caterer is used to dispense alcohol, the caterer must have all required permits and/or licenses.
British Dictionary definitions for caterer


a person who caters, esp one who as a profession provides food for large social events, etc
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Word Origin and History for caterer

mid-15c., earlier simply cater (see cater (v.)). With redundant -er (cf. poulterer, sorcerer, upholsterer).

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