People serving themselves at a buffet.
- The definition of a buffet is a style of dining where prepared food is on display for you to take what you’d like.
An example of a buffet is a Chinese food restaurant with an all you can eat special.
- Buffet is defined as a hit with the hand.
An example of a buffet is a punch.
- A buffet is a piece of furniture where you store dishes and serving plates.
An example of a buffet is the large cabinet in the dining room.
- To buffet is defined as to hit repeatedly.
An example of to buffet is an exchange of punches in a school fight.
- a blow with the hand or fist
- any blow or shock: the buffets of fate
Origin of buffetMiddle English from OFr, diminutive of buffe, a blow: probably echoic
- to hit with the hand or fist; punch; slap
- to beat back as by repeated blows: the waves buffeted the boat
- to struggle against
- a piece of furniture with drawers and cupboards for dishes, table linen, silver, etc.; sideboard
- a counter or table where refreshments are served
- a restaurant with such a counter or table
- a meal at which guests serve themselves from a buffet or table
Origin of buffetFrench from OFr, bench (from source ME, stool)
- A large sideboard with drawers and cupboards.
- a. A counter or table from which meals or refreshments are served.b. A restaurant having such a counter.
- A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.
Origin of buffetFrench
verbbuf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing, buf·fets
- To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
- To strike against forcefully and especially repeatedly; batter: winds that buffeted the tent. See Synonyms at beat.
- To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group): was buffeted about from job to job by the vagaries of the economy.
- To force (one's way) with difficulty.
Origin of buffetMiddle English from Old French diminutive of buffe blow
(third-person singular simple present buffets, present participle buffeting or buffetting, simple past and past participle buffeted or buffetted)
- To strike with a buffet; to cuff; to slap.
- (figuratively) to aggressively challenge, denounce, or criticise.
- To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.
- to buffet the billows
- To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
Old French, of unknown origin.