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cafeteria

noun caf·e·te·ria \ ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of cafeteria

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

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cafeteria

adjective

Definition of cafeteria

: providing a selection from which a choice may be made
  • cafeteria benefit plan
  • a cafeteria curriculum

First Known Use of cafeteria

1908

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CAFETERIA Defined for English Language Learners

cafeteria

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

noun caf·e·te·ria \ ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə \

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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