food court


Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) set apart for food concessions

Examples of food court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unCommons food court features popular local eateries Phil’s BBQ, Hodad’s and Lucha Libre. Ron Donoho Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What you need to know about the area’s 10 casinos," 10 Dec. 2020 The State Fair food court, which is near the end of the route, will be the only part of the attraction where guests can leave their cars. Melissa Walker, Star Tribune, "Drive- and walk-through holiday light displays to brighten your winter in the Twin Cities," 20 Nov. 2020 Signs in the food court informed shoppers of the new L.A. County mandate preventing the consumption of food and drinks on mall property. Los Angeles Times, "‘This mall has been devastated.’ A lean Christmas, empty stores and an unsettling future," 22 Dec. 2020 That created the odd situation where the flagship Rinascente department store was open only to customers wanting to access the ground floor for cosmetics, the 7th-floor food court or the penthouse hair salon. Arkansas Online, "Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns," 6 Nov. 2020 Hipes, who is also a franchisee of the food court’s Mooyah Burgers, said one reason for that was the lack of new blockbusters. Austin Fuller,, "Movie theater shutdowns may bring long-term pain to Oviedo Mall, other retail centers," 21 Oct. 2020 Limited seating will be eliminated from the food court, with take-out the only option. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump handing Taliban a victory on his way out, says former national security adviser H.R. McMaster," 23 Nov. 2020 But the Scotts powered on and opened Fat Enids Barbecue on Oct. 19 in the mall’s food court. Pat Stoetzer,, "Early success is ‘such a blessing’ for owners of Fat Enids Barbecue in TownMall of Westminster," 21 Nov. 2020 At the Galleria Mall, pharmacist Michael Varnado, 36, stopped for lunch in the food court with his parents, who were visiting from New Orleans. Molly Hennessy-fiske Houston Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, "As Texas surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases, ‘people have quarantine fatigue. They’re tired of it’," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of food court

1979, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“Food court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) where there are many small restaurants that share a large area of tables for their customers

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