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 Food and beverages will be sold at six different food courts. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2023 In recent days, Wagner mercenaries wearing camouflage, ski masks and bandannas were seen around town shopping for groceries, eating at a food court in Bangui’s newest mall and bargaining for backpacks at a market. Barbara Debout, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 The International Air Transport Association has factored the cost of SAF per seat to be about the cost of a soda or snack in the food court before getting on a domestic flight. Dieter Holger, WSJ, 19 July 2023 The partners describe it as an attempt to combine some of the appealing traits of a traditional food court, particularly the a la carte eclecticism, while offering table service and the convenience of a consolidated payment system. Lawrence Specker |, al, 11 Sep. 2023 Heartland Alliance is moving this November from an old office property at 208 S. LaSalle St. into a bright modern location in the East Loop with advanced conference facilities, a new fitness club and a giant food court. Brian J. Rogal, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, while many Las Vegas casinos did away with their buffets amid the pandemic, converting those areas to food courts with several vendors, the ones that kept them are seeing tremendous demand. Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2023 Tipper’s book Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society once drove the frenzied moms to picket the mall food court the day Dr. Dre’s The Chronic came out, earning them two paragraphs and a photo in our local paper, The Patriot News. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 5 June 2023 There’s a Swedish food court with all of the Ikea classics, including meatballs and vegetable balls, lox, pickled things, and poached salmon. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food court was in 1979

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“Food court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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food court

: an area within a building (as a shopping mall) set aside for food sales
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