family style

adverb or adjective

: with the food placed on the table in serving dishes from which those eating may help themselves

Examples of family style in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food is served family style rather than a formal sit-down. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, 1 July 2024 Everything was served family style, alongside grazing tables of charcuterie and cheeses from local purveyors and farms. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 30 June 2024 Hack dinner by using family style meals at Charlotte restaurants. Shannon Greene, Charlotte Observer, 17 June 2024 The menu recommends diners order family style, and as each dish was placed on our table, that concept made total sense. Kaitlyn Rosati, New York Daily News, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for family style 

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of family style was in 1857

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“Family style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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