Children getting their lunch in a cafeteria.
The definition of a cafeteria is a self-service restaurant where you select and pay for food yourself, or a dining area where meals can be purchased or brought from home.
The big room with a lunch line and tables where kids eat their lunches while at school is an example of a cafeteria.
a self-service restaurant in which food is displayed on counters
Origin of cafeteriaAmSp, coffee store
allowing a choice from among several options: used chiefly to designate company benefit or insurance plans that allow each employee to select benefits or coverage best suited to his or her needs
- A restaurant in which the customers are served at a counter and carry their meals on trays to tables.
- A dining area, as at a school or office building, where meals may be purchased or brought from home and eaten.
Origin of cafeteriaSpanish cafetería coffee shop, cafeteria from café coffee ultimately ( via French café ) ( or Italian caffè ) from Ottoman Turkish qahve ; see coffee .
OriginSee also: cafetería