eat·​ery | \ ˈē-tə-rē How to pronounce eatery (audio) \
plural eateries

Definition of eatery

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Synonyms for eatery


beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], diner, grill, restaurant

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Examples of eatery in a Sentence

we usually go to lunch at an eatery that is just around the corner from the office

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Brexit still hasn’t happened, but its economic impact is becoming more visible—for example, in a wave of restaurant closures across the U.K. In 2018, almost 800 eateries shut, a 29% jump on 2017. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "British Dining Sheds Some Excess Pounds," 10 Apr. 2019 On a busy Saturday, as many as 1,000 guests clamber in and out of the eatery’s 60 seats. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Step onto the linoleum floors at one of hottest eateries in town, which is known for its high-quality Californian cuisine and an Instagram-friendly atmosphere. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 What’s new in San Diego’s ever-expanding lineup of eateries? Michele Parente,, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 To help discover other cutting-edge restaurants blending cuisines, put together a list of some of the most unique fusion eateries around Houston. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The most unique fusion restaurants in Houston," 3 July 2018 Actually, a lot of the eateries make up my old memories. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Ahead of CRB Award, Steve Wariner Reflects on Changes In Nashville & Country Music Over the Years," 14 June 2018 Ayutthaya-era dishes have been added to the menus of Thai eateries. The Economist, "A historical soap reveals a lot about modern Thai politics," 31 May 2018 Besides the food, Lo-Lo's is known for its multicultural appeal, said Montgomery Coleman, a Phoenix native who has worked with St. Hope in the past and is the franchisee of the Sacramento eatery. Bob Shallit, sacbee, "Chicken and waffles - and 'stupid' fries - are coming to this trendy corridor | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of eatery

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eatery was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of eatery

chiefly US, informal : a usually small and informal restaurant

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