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cupbearer (plural cupbearers)

  1. One who ceremonially fills and hands the cups in which a drink is served.
    • Bible (King James Version), London: Robert Barker, 1611, Nehemiah 1:11.
      For I was the king's cupbearer.
    • 1826, William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent
      [] while the King and Godwine sate at the table, accompanied with others of the nobilitie, it chanced the cupbearer (as he brought wine to the bourd) to slip with the one foote, and yet by good strength of his other leg, to recover himselfe without falling []
    • Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      The cupbearer shrugged up his shoulders in displeasure. "I thought to have lodged him in the solere chamber," said he; "but since he is so unsocial to Christians, e'en let him take the next stall to Isaac the Jew's. []

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