Simple Definition of restaurateur
: a person who owns or manages a restaurant
Full Definition of restaurateur
: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant
Did You Know?
Restaurateur and "restaurant" were borrowed directly from related French words, and both ultimately derive from the Latin word restaurare ("to restore"). "Restaurant" arrived in English in the second half of the 18th century. We acquired "restaurateur" approximately 30 years later. Of the two words, "restaurant" is significantly more common - a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling "restauranteur" for "restaurateur." "Restauranteur" first appeared in the 1920s, and some people consider it to be an error. It is, however, a standard variant, albeit one that continues to be used less frequently than "restaurateur."
Variants of restaurateur
Origin of restaurateur
French restaurateur, from Late Latin restaurator restorer, from Latin restaurare
First Known Use: 1796
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