sommelier

[suhm-uhl-yey; French saw-muh-lyey]
noun, plural sommeliers [suhm-uhl-yeyz; French saw-muh-lyey] .
a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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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Example sentences
In the off-season, he focuses on his culinary and sommelier studies.
Feel free to ask the sommelier to decant your bottle.
Extensive, interesting and well worth discussing with a sommelier.
The hotel's sommelier selects all the wines in the mini-bar to accommodate all
  guest preferences.
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