Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who fills and distributes cups of wine, as in a royal household.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One whose profession in general, or role in a particular event, is to carry a cup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose office it is to fill and hand the cups at an entertainment.
  • n. One of the attendants of a prince or noble, permanently charged with the performance of this office for his master.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An attendant at a feast who conveys wine or other liquors to the guests.
  • n. Formerly, an officer of the household of a prince or noble, who tasted the wine before handing it to his master.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine

Etymologies

cup + bearer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His youngest daughter, Hebe, goddess of beauty and youth—sometimes known as the patron goddess of the young bride and an attendant of the goddess Aphrodite—was his cupbearer.

    History of a Suicide

  • Among the prisoners were Pharaoh's baker and cupbearer.

    Rabbi David Wolpe: The Secret of Dreams

  • Can this possibly be the same vibrant woman as the appealingly windswept Hebe, cupbearer to the gods, who here stands, sedate, a society matron in a subdued gown, her hairdo impossibly high, in a lovely garden, plucking blooms from a rosebush, looking off into the distance, whilst her spaniel gazes adoringly at her feet?

    Jo Manning on Sophia Catherine Musters

  • The cupbearer promised to help Joseph get out of prison, but he forgot about him—until the pharaoh also had disturbing dreams.

    God Attachment

  • The cupbearer told the pharaoh about Joseph, and suddenly, he found himself standing in front of the ruler of the most powerful nation on earth to interpret his dreams.

    God Attachment

  • Joseph interpreted them; and as he predicted, the cupbearer was restored to his role, but the baker was executed.

    God Attachment

  • Years later, the pharaoh had trouble with two of his servants, the baker and the cupbearer, so he sentenced them to prison.

    God Attachment

  • I heard McCave's Senatorial cupbearer Lindsey Graham accusing Democrats who want to close Gitmo of wanting to set terrorists free.

    McCain: When I Have A Question, I Call Kissinger

  • Nehemiah was but a humble cupbearer, but he was willing to give up everything — moving a thousand kilometers from a royal court to dusty and filled with rubble Jerusalem.

    OpEdNews - Diary: THEY WERE SINGLES, TOO���A LOOK AT NEHEMIA AND JEREMIAH

  • This was how a young untrained leader — a cupbearer — was able to lead his people to do more & more while surmounting all kinds of obstacles for over 12 years.

    OpEdNews - Diary: THEY WERE SINGLES, TOO���A LOOK AT NEHEMIA AND JEREMIAH

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