- an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.
verb (used with object)
- to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.
- a person or thing that sews.
- a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.
- a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage
- (tr) to provide with sewers
- a person or thing that sews
- (in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests
n.1c.1400, “conduit,” from Anglo-French sewere, Old North French sewiere “sluice from a pond” (13c.), literally “something that makes water flow,” from shortened form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. Middle French esseveur), from Latin ex- “out” (see ex-) + aquaria, fem. of aquarius “pertaining to water,” from aqua “water” (see aqua-). Specifically of underground channels for wastewater from c.1600; figurative use of this is from 1640s. n.2“one who sews,” late 14c., agent noun from sew (v.).