cafeteria-style

adjective

caf·​e·​te·​ria-style ˌka-fə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce cafeteria-style (audio)
: cafeteria
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Examples of cafeteria-style in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current various parking lots can be converted to restaurants, parks, museums, shops, gardens, a cafeteria-style area a la Liberty Station and/or a food truck area with picnic tables. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2023 Cruise lines aiming to capture younger customers' dollars are also doing away with buffet and cafeteria-style dining rooms and capitalizing on the foodie tendencies of many of these travelers. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 28 Apr. 2023 The Japanese chain restaurant serves authentic udon noodles in flavorful broths, served up cafeteria-style. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023 Luby's restaurants are known for their cafeteria-style dining, comfort food staples, and now for humor. Sana Ameer, Chron, 3 Mar. 2023 Most of the vendors are grab-and-go concepts, with cafeteria-style group seating available in the center of the food hall. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cafeteria-style was in 1906

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“Cafeteria-style.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cafeteria-style. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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