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

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The food is fun and served family style (get the guacamole, itself a work of art, and the duck tacos) while the drinks are perfect for a girls’ night out. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Food, including short ribs, sea bass, and cavatelli was served family style. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Young Flocked to the Whitney Art Party for a Night of Warhol," 30 Jan. 2019 Another small winery, Familienweingut Marmann-Schneider, is done in the true family style of the region: at a small home in Schweich, with a family at the helm that's been running things since 1688. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 Side dishes like Tuscan beans and roasted potatoes with rosemary were served family style. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stellina and David Katzenberg’s Stunning Tuscan Wedding in Florence," 30 Dec. 2017 The result of their collaboration is a home that overlooks Block Island Sound and respects the region’s architectural tradition while catering to the families style and needs inside. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 vacation homes to fuel your wanderlust," 30 July 2018 The most memorable dishes, like the lobster boil and the picnic basket of fried chicken and sides, were served family style beneath twinkling lights at picnic tables. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Eleven Madison Park Heads West," 5 Nov. 2018 Sit down to a family style meal at the massive Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant in Middlebury, bid on a cow at the cattle auction or find a bargain at the massive Shipshewana Flea Market. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 This free app includes estate sales, moving sales, auctions, and traditional m-family style sales. Melissa Reinert,, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of family style

1857, in the meaning defined above

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