restaurateur[res′tə rə tʉr′, -to̵or′]
Origin of restaurateurFrench ; from Middle French that which restores ; from Medieval Latin restaurator, one who restores
Origin of restaurateurFrench, from restaurer, to restore; see restaurant.
- The owner of a restaurant.
This is also spelled restauranteur (with an â€˜nâ€™), but this is considered erroneous by some, and the form restaurateur (without the â€˜nâ€™) is preferred in formal writing, and especially in the United Kingdom.
The form restaurateur (without the â€˜nâ€™) is the earlier form, borrowed from French, while the form restauranteur (with an â€˜nâ€™) = restaurant + -eur (â€œ(agent) one whoâ€) is a later formation, from Anglicized forms, and thus seen by some as an etymological error.
However, restauranteur is widely used, and can be found in formal British writing.