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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Although a few new Indian eateries are opening in Birmingham, the city’s mainstay restaurants are in flux. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: kitchen garden service, new wine shop, and more," 5 July 2019 After spending a couple hours at Arcana, Ceo heads around the corner to a small eatery. Lindzi Scharf,, "‘The Chi’ costume designer finds inspiration in artful places," 2 July 2019 Ted's Ice Cream & Restaurant Take a step into the past with Ted's Ice Cream & Restaurant, a vintage-style eatery at 6204 W. North Ave. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treat yourself on a hot summer day to any of these seven frozen treat shops in the Milwaukee suburbs," 26 June 2019 What is not in Latonia, Kentucky: a billion industrial-chic eateries with small, curated menus and pages-long craft beer lists. Andrea Reeves,, "Looking for a date night idea? Give archery a shot ... with burgers on the side," 20 June 2019 Local bars and restaurants include The Dancing Cat Saloon, a New American eatery with occasional live music and the popular whiskey-enhanced Sinner's Lamb Chops. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 Next door, find Rokai’s sister outpost, Rokai Ramen, a petit eatery offering spicy bean sprout and fried wonton dumpling starters and around 20 broth, noodle, and ramen soups. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Little Tokyo of Mexico City," 23 Jan. 2019 Among the new honorees this year are Jeju Noodle Bar, a West Village eatery serving ramyun, the Korean variation of the more ubiquitous ramen. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michelin Has Awarded 2019 Stars to These New York City Restaurants," 7 Nov. 2018 Little Ting’s, though, is its most critically acclaimed get to date, a mom-and-pop dumpling house in Greenwood that through social-media has morphed from a modest neighborhood eatery to a dumpling destination. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 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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