Cafeteria meaning

kăfĭ-tîrē-ə
A restaurant in which the customers are served at a counter and carry their meals on trays to tables.
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A dining area, as at a school or office building, where meals may be purchased or brought from home and eaten.
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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.

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A restaurant in which customers select their food at a counter then carry it on a tray to a table to eat.
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A self-service restaurant in which food is displayed on counters.
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A restaurant in which the customers are served at a counter and carry their meals on trays to tables.
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A dining area, as at a school or office building, where meals may be purchased or brought from home and eaten.
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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.
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A dining area in an institution where meals may be purchased (as above) or brought in from elsewhere.
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Origin of cafeteria

  • Spanish cafetería coffee shop, cafeteria from café coffee ultimately (via French café) (or Italian caffè) from Ottoman Turkish qahve coffee

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish cafetería coffee shop, cafeteria from café coffee ultimately (via French café) (or Italian caffè) from Ottoman Turkish qahve coffee

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • (Mid 19th or 20th century) American Spanish cafetería, coffeehouse, from cafetera, coffee maker, from French cafetière, from café, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic قهوة (qahwa, “coffee”)

    From Wiktionary