maître d'

maî·​tre d' | \ ˌmā-trə-ˈdē How to pronounce maître d' (audio) , ˌme-, -tər- \
variants: or maitre d'
plural maître d's or maitre d's\ ˌmā-​trə-​ˈdēz How to pronounce maitre d's (audio) , ˌme-​ , -​tər-​ \

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Richard Brown, who was maitre d' and the public face of the restaurant, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer, undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma. Polly Campbell,, "Jean-Robert's Restaurant L will not reopen," 27 Mar. 2020 Sam isn’t just maneuvering all these voices — the angry chef/boss, the snooty maitre d', the entitled diners who make the most outrageous requests, the shut-out non-elite who can’t even get in the door and take it out on the phone receptionist. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: 'Fully Committed’ a funny, moving, juggling act from TheaterWorks," 12 Aug. 2019 Melman gave no hints as to Booth One's decor, but given that one of his Loop restaurants, Petterino's, is a salute to a former Pump Room maitre d', a return to the Pump Room's glamorous days seems likely. Phil Vettel,, "Legendary Pump Room to be renamed Booth One, remade by Lettuce Entertain You," 7 Sep. 2017

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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