one whose business is to provide food, supplies, and sometimes service at social gatherings.
one who caters.
Contemporary Examples

“Right now you got a grocery store,” said the caterer, Frank Pernice.
The Studio 54 of Sex Jon Hart April 6, 2009

How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner?
Fringe Factor: You Will Have to Bake a Penis Cake Caitlin Dickson March 1, 2014

Historical Examples

“Dot Mead called up the caterer and he said it had been delivered,” she explained to Polly.
Polly’s Senior Year at Boarding School Dorothy Whitehill

The menu and serving were wholly in the hands of a caterer from the city.
Hester’s Counterpart Jean K. Baird

Yes, sir; he has learned that his authority in the mess-room is not equal to that of the caterer.
Frank Before Vicksburg Harry Castlemon

Louise washed the caterer’s dishes—he made a reduction in his price.
Americans All Various

Mr. Maynard brought home candies and fruit from the city, and a huge can of ice-cream was ordered from the caterer.
Marjorie’s Busy Days Carolyn Wells

Under it are cases and hampers of all sorts, which the caterer has not unpacked.
My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston

The caterer generally gets infected in a superficial cutaneous sort of way.
The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton

But Punch is and can be something more than a caterer of sport.
The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858 Various

a person who caters, esp one who as a profession provides food for large social events, etc

mid-15c., earlier simply cater (see cater (v.)). With redundant -er (cf. poulterer, sorcerer, upholsterer).


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