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cafeteria

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noun caf·e·te·ria \ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Definition of cafeteria

  1. 1 :  a restaurant in which the customers serve themselves or are served at a counter and take the food to tables to eat

  2. 2 :  lunchroom 2

Origin and Etymology of cafeteria

American Spanish cafetería coffeehouse, from cafetera coffee maker, from French cafetière, from café


First Known Use: 1894


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cafeteria

adjective caf·e·te·ria

Definition of cafeteria

  1. :  providing a selection from which a choice may be made <cafeteria benefit plan> <a cafeteria curriculum>

1951

First Known Use of cafeteria

1951


CAFETERIA Defined for English Language Learners

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cafeteria

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noun caf·e·te·ria \ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Definition of cafeteria for English Language Learners

  • : a place (such as a restaurant or a room in a school) where people get food at a counter and carry it to a table for eating


CAFETERIA Defined for Kids

cafeteria

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noun caf·e·te·ria \ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Definition of cafeteria for Students

  1. :  a place where people get food at a counter and carry it to a table for eating <a school cafeteria>



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