One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who serves wine, especially in a royal or noble household.
attendant, retainer, companion, adviser, aide, henchman, followerView synonyms
- ‘The emblem presents its moral subject with the motto ‘One ought to rejoice in God,’ and adds the mythological exemplum of Ganymede, the beautiful boy seized by Jupiter and carried to Olympus to serve as his cup-bearer.’
- ‘Sons of feudal families were pressed into honourable service in the courts of local rulers, as gentlemen of the chamber, masters of the household, stewards, carvers, cup-bearers, and masters of the horse.’
- ‘The origin of the word comes from the name of a young boy seduced by Zeus to be his cup-bearer and lover.’
- ‘Hercules left the expedition when his cup-bearer was taken by a nymph.’
- ‘During the early part of the Anglo-Saxon period a woman's place was not at the table other than as a cup-bearer; the task of cup-bearing even included the lord's wife and daughter, with the most honoured guests being served by them.’
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