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buffet

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noun buf·fet \ˈbə-fət\

Definition of buffet

  1. 1 :  a blow especially with the hand

  2. 2 :  something that strikes with telling force

Origin and Etymology of buffet

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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buffet

verb buf·fet

Definition of buffet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike sharply especially with the hand :  cuff

  3. 2 :  to strike repeatedly :  batter the waves buffeted the shore

  4. 3 :  to drive, force, move, or attack by or as if by repeated blows schools being buffeted by budget cuts

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century


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

Definition of buffet

  1. 1 furniture :  sideboard 1

  2. 2a :  a counter for refreshments went back to the buffet for a second helpingb 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


First Known Use: 1707


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buffet

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adjective buf·fet \same as 3\

Definition of buffet

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

Origin and Etymology of buffet

adjective derivative of 3buffet


First Known Use: 1898



BUFFET Defined for English Language Learners


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buffet

verb buf·fet

Definition of buffet for English Language Learners

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


BUFFET Defined for Kids

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buffet

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verb buf·fet \ˈbə-fət\

Definition of buffet for Students

buffeted

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buffeting

  1. :  to pound repeatedly :  batter Waves buffeted our little boat.


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buffet

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noun buf·fet \ˌbə-ˈfā, bü-\

Definition of buffet for Students

  1. 1 :  a cabinet or set of shelves for the display of dishes and silver :  sideboard

  2. 2 :  a meal set out on a buffet or table from which people may serve themselves



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