caf·​e·​to·​ri·​um ˌka-fə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce cafetorium (audio)
: a large room (as in a school building) designed for use both as a cafeteria and an auditorium

Examples of cafetorium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morse High has 52 classrooms, a gymnasium, an athletic field, a 1,500-seat cafetorium. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2023 Three of them attended Cortez High School, where the lead singer lettered in track and made his first onstage appearance in the cafetorium. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 It's been 30 years since Scott Rowe staged his first full Alice Cooper tribute at a Phoenix nightclub not far from where Cooper launched his own career with a talent show appearance in the Cortez High School cafetorium. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 30 Oct. 2020 The city and school district will share the field house and part of the school, including the cafetorium. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2020 The three-story building, encompassing 139,360 square feet, includes 21st century classrooms, science laboratories, robotics, engineering and computer labs, band and two art rooms, fitness room, library, two gymnasiums and a cafetorium. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, 10 Aug. 2020 And a look inside reveals several classrooms that are close to being ready for finishing work, while areas such as the cafetorium and gymnasium in other parts of the building are less complete. Chuck Fieldman,, 12 July 2018 At the back of the cafetorium is the school’s music room, providing easy access to the stage for setting up performances. Kathleen McWilliams, Courant Community, 3 May 2018 This Olmsted Early Childhood PTA event is March 10 in the school's cafetorium. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, 19 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


blend of cafeteria and auditorium

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cafetorium was in 1952

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“Cafetorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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