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 First two courses of snacks, biscuits, salad and soup served family style at the table; third course is prime rib and ham at carving stations as well as salmon en croute, and sides brought to the table. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2021 Maggiano's: Maggiano's is offering a 3-course family style meal with a variety of options to customize your order. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 Three-course brunch served family style, alcohol not included. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 28 Oct. 2021 Since all the dishes are generally served up family style, with people filling every inch of their their plate with all their favorites, there’s not really a graceful way to present wine in any semblance of course pairing. Jill Barth, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Iron Horse Hotel — Traditional Thanksgiving fare served family style from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the holiday. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2021 Because of our different food preferences, our meals were served family style which worked out perfectly. Carrie Coolidge, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 So family style is probably still a no-no, and dips and things like them should be served in individual ramekins. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 The menu offers traditional antipasti, pizzas and pastas, specials such as lasagna (Thursdays) and spaghetti and meatballs, served family style (Tuesdays). Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of family style

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family style was in 1857

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11 Jan 2022

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“Family style.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20style. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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