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.(noun)
The big room with a lunch line and tables where kids eat their lunches while at school is an example of a cafeteria.
See cafeteria in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: AmSp, coffee store
See cafeteria in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Spanish cafetería, coffee shop, cafeteria
Origin: , from café, coffee
Origin: , from Ottoman Turkish qahveh; see coffee.
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