res·​tau·​rant ˈre-stə-ˌränt How to pronounce restaurant (audio)
 also  -st(ə-)rənt,
: a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased

Examples of restaurant in a Sentence

when we get sick of cooking dinner at home, we like to go out to eat at a nice restaurant
Recent Examples on the Web Often, restaurants are not owned by a familiar brand’s parent corporation but rather operated as franchises. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 In December 2009 his record label, Show Dog Nashville, merged with Universal South records in a deal giving Keith creative control, and Forbes recently named him country's top-earning star thanks to revenue from the label, touring and his national chain of I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants. Alicia Dennis, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 There were restaurants aplenty within a five-minute walk: Lampara with its decadent lechon around the corner; Tetsuo with crunchy karaage chicken a block away; Maillard with its rich paella and duck confit right across the street. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Feb. 2024 Positioned for growth During the fourth quarter, Chipotle opened 121 new restaurants with 110 locations including a Chipotlane—a digital order drive thru pick-up lane. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Manresa Bread’s king cake will be on the Mardi Gras menu at The Bywater, Chef David Kinch’s Los Gatos restaurant that honors his New Orleans roots. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 What’s on the menu at new Korean barbecue restaurant in Elk Grove? Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 The party’s guest list reflected a night at her restaurant. Ian Malone, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 At restaurants and bars, people bought 6.7 percent less craft beer. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


French, from present participle of restaurer to restore, from Latin restaurare

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of restaurant was in 1806

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“Restaurant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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res·​tau·​rant ˈres-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce restaurant (audio)
: a business place where meals or refreshments may be bought

from French restaurant "food that restores, restaurant," from restaurer "to restore, renew"

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