buffet

noun (1)
buf·​fet | \ ˈbə-fət How to pronounce buffet (audio) \

Definition of buffet

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

buffet

verb
buf·​fet | \ ˈbə-fət How to pronounce buffet (audio) \
buffeted; buffeting; buffets

Definition of buffet (Entry 2 of 4)

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

buffet

noun (2)
buf·​fet | \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfā How to pronounce buffet (audio) , bü-ˈfā, British especially ˈbü-ˌfā How to pronounce buffet (audio) \
plural buffets

Definition of buffet (Entry 3 of 4)

1 furniture : sideboard sense 1
2a : 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
3 : an assortment of options or offerings : variety Once you're up there among the clouds, you'll have a buffet of skiing options.— Brad Wetzler

buffet

adjective
buf·​fet | \ (ˌ)bə-ˈfā How to pronounce buffet (audio) , bü-ˈfā, British especially ˈbü-ˌfā How to pronounce buffet (audio) \

Definition of buffet (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Examples of buffet in a Sentence

Verb The strong winds buffeted the ship. fierce winds buffeted the small sailboat

First Known Use of buffet

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buffet

Noun (1)

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

Verb

Middle English buffeten, verbal derivative of buffet buffet entry 1

Noun (2)

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

Adjective

adjective derivative of buffet entry 3

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The first known use of buffet was in the 13th century

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“Buffet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffet. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for buffet

buffet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of buffet

: to hit (something) with great force many times

buffet

verb
buf·​fet | \ ˈbə-fət How to pronounce buffet (audio) \
buffeted; buffeting

Kids Definition of buffet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pound repeatedly Waves buffeted our boat.

buffet

noun
buf·​fet | \ ˌbə-ˈfā How to pronounce buffet (audio) , bü- \

Kids Definition of buffet (Entry 2 of 2)

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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