: of, relating to, or specializing in food that can be prepared and served quickly
a fast-food restaurant
: designed for ready availability, use, or consumption and with little consideration given to quality or significance
fast-food TV programming
fast food noun

Examples of fast-food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, eight states introduced or took action on new laws that would curb child labor protections—and child labor violations in the fast-food industry in particular are up over the past decade. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Wendy’s newest breakfast item is made by another fast-food chain The fast food chain is sweetening its breakfast lineup with a new treat that comes directly from one of its rivals. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 In January, the fast-food chain launched its first breakfast burrito featuring eggs, cheese, bacon and seasoned breakfast potatoes, McClatchy News reported. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 Now, to make things even simpler when visions of cinnamon and sugar dance in your head, popular fast-food chain Wendy’s has just announced a sweet collaboration with beloved cinnamon roll purveyor Cinnabon. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 14 Feb. 2024 Assistant teachers in California were paid an average of $16 per hour, the survey found, and lead teachers $19.10 — less than the $20 minimum wage for fast-food workers that will begin in April. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The state calls on specific industries, also, to raise their wages in the months and years ahead: In April, California’s fast-food workers go to $20 per hour, and by 2026, health care workers will make at least $25 per hour. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Feb. 2024 Firecracker shrimp will arrive Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Panda Express restaurants nationwide, the fast-food chain said in a news release. Tanasia Kenney, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 Elsewhere, McDonald’s shares fell 3.7% after the fast-food chain reported mixed earnings and said that turmoil in the Middle East is hurting its business. Krystal Hur, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fast-food was in 1960

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“Fast-food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fast-food. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: specializing in food that can be prepared and served quickly
a fast-food restaurant
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