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buffet

noun buf·fet \ ˈbə-fət \

Definition of buffet

1 :a blow especially with the hand
2 :something that strikes with telling force

Origin and Etymology of buffet

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of buffe blow


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buffet

verb

Definition of buffet

transitive verb
1 :to strike sharply especially with the hand :cuff
2 :to strike repeatedly :batter
  • the waves buffeted the shore
3 :to drive, force, move, or attack by or as if by repeated blows
  • schools being buffeted by budget cuts
intransitive verb
:to make one's way especially under difficult conditions

Examples of buffet in a Sentence

  1. The strong winds buffeted the ship.

  2. fierce winds buffeted the small sailboat

Origin and Etymology of buffet

Middle English buffeten, verbal derivative of buffet 1buffet


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buffet

noun buf·fet \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfā , bü-ˈ , British especially ˈbü-ˌ \

Definition of buffet

1 furniture :sideboard 1
2 a :a counter for refreshments
  • went back to the buffet for a second helping
b chiefly British :a restaurant operated as a public convenience (as in a railway station)
c :a meal set out on a buffet or table for ready access and informal service
  • a restaurant that offers a breakfast buffet

Origin and Etymology of buffet

borrowed from French, going back to Old French, "stool, table, counter," of uncertain origin


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buffet

adjective buf·fet \ same as 3buffet \

Definition of buffet

:served informally especially as a buffet (see 3buffet 2c)
  • a buffet meal
  • buffet luncheons

Origin and Etymology of buffet

adjective derivative of 3buffet



BUFFET Defined for English Language Learners

buffet

verb

Definition of buffet for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (something) with great force many times


BUFFET Defined for Kids

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buffet

verb buf·fet \ ˈbə-fət \

Definition of buffet for Students

buffeted; buffeting
:to pound repeatedly :batter
  • Waves buffeted our little boat.

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buffet

noun buf·fet \ ˌbə-ˈfā , bü- \

Definition of buffet for Students

1 :a cabinet or set of shelves for the display of dishes and silver :sideboard
2 :a meal set out on a buffet or table from which people may serve themselves


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