Definition 2023





obsonator (plural obsonators)

  1. (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.”




  1. second-person singular future passive imperative of obsōnō
  2. third-person singular future passive imperative of obsōnō