family style

adverb or adjective

Definition of family style

: 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 Main courses can be single servings on request, otherwise family style. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanksgiving 2020: Milwaukee restaurants that will be open or are offering takeout," 29 Oct. 2020 Ash at the Iron Horse Hotel — Dine-in Thanksgiving dinner will be family style. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanksgiving 2020: Milwaukee restaurants that will be open or are offering takeout," 29 Oct. 2020 The one consistent thing is that it's all been family style, so my newer, quarantined bubble family can share it, well, like family. Bobby Flay, CBS News, "Bobby Flay on breaking bread at the dinner table," 20 Sep. 2020 Spread across a single level, the family style resort home features high-tech extras like Sonos audio, satellite televisions and wireless Internet., "Getaway: Opulence abounds at resort villa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii," 31 Aug. 2020 The request was for 10 single-family style homes clustered around a shared green space and pool area on the western side of the property. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Permit approved for cluster homes near Mission Boulevard and Crossover Avenue in Fayetteville," 15 Sep. 2020 In one scenario, the host could serve food and drinks to each pod, either individually or family style with a platter of food and a round of drinks. Tilde Herrera,, "How to safely host a small gathering during coronavirus," 3 Sep. 2020 Their Mother’s Day Family Meal includes choice of family style entrée, two side dishes, and dessert. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Restaurants Open on Mother's Day 2020 for Delivery or Carryout," 6 May 2020 Every year, the Italian-American restaurant lets customers enjoy a four-course family style meal right at their own homes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "13 Places to Buy Fully Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, Sides and Dessert," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of family style

1857, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2020

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“Family style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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