Children getting their lunch in a cafeteria.
The big room with a lunch line and tables where kids eat their lunches while at school is an example of a cafeteria.
Origin of cafeteriaAmSp, coffee store
- 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.