obsonator (plural obsonators)
- (obsolete or historical) A caterer, a manciple.
- 1840, John James Smith (editor), The Cambridge Portfolio, Volume 1, page 275,
- Thus also in Caius College the Obsonator and Dispensator were Scholars, and the Promus too: but this was altered in 1634 — “cum multa incommoda et non leve damnum Collegium sæpius sustinuit″ and it was determined to elect some “virum idoneum et non Scholarum.”
- 1897, Douglas Macleane, A History of Pembroke College, Oxford, Anciently Broadgates Hall, page 500,
- 1814. The offices of Obsonator, or Manciple, and Cook severed. Tuition fees to be increased, viz. Gentlemen Commoners to twenty-six guineas, Scholars and Commoners to thirteen guineas.
- 1952, Thomas B. Costain, The Silver Chalice, page 399,
- He looked down at Demetrius, the Obsonator, who sat on a platform several feet below him. “Will you have them bring in the cask? I confess, Demetrius, that I am anxious about it. It is an experiment this time.”
- second-person singular future passive imperative of obsōnō
- third-person singular future passive imperative of obsōnō