Definition of cafeteria
1 : a restaurant in which the customers serve themselves or are served at a counter and take the food to tables to eat
2 : lunchroom 2
Recent Examples of cafeteria from the Web
The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker was killed during a traffic stop July 6, almost a year ago.
Volunteers gathered Wednesday in the cafeteria at Joliet Junior College's main campus to package meals of fortified macaroni and cheese.
For one thing, everyone from the cafeteria worker to the school principal has access to at least some student information.
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged last year with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile, a 32-year old supervisor at a school cafeteria.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty Friday of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker.
One report by NPR found Castile, who worked at a school cafeteria, was stopped 46 times by police.
But the products were distributed to restaurants and cafeterias, and even schools, in 30 states.
Dr. Stephen Cook, a University of Rochester childhood obesity researcher, called the study encouraging and said some high school cafeterias have also tried different labels to influence healthy eating.
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Origin and Etymology of cafeteria
American Spanish cafetería coffeehouse, from cafetera coffee maker, from French cafetière, from café
First Known Use: 1894See Words from the same year
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First Known Use of cafeteria
CAFETERIA Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cafeteria for Students
: a place where people get food at a counter and carry it to a table for eating a school cafeteria
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