res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-ˌränt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -stränt also -st(ə-)rənt, -stərnt \

Definition of restaurant

: a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased

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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 One restaurant in Seminole County and two in Orange were shut down because of food and safety violations in the last two weeks. Garfield Hylton,, "Health inspections shut down 1 Altamonte Springs, 2 Orlando restaurants," 7 Apr. 2021 In one restaurant, 10 local magistrates were fined by police officers after they were caught eating food on the terrace. Washington Post, "French authorities investigate whether ministers dined at secret luxury restaurants, violating restrictions," 5 Apr. 2021 Twenty years ago, the small town at mile marker 62 had one restaurant and four places to stay. Renatta Signorini,, "‘It’s like an adventure’: Great Allegheny Passage trail network, named 20 years ago, runs from Cumberland to Pittsburgh," 3 Apr. 2021 How this restaurant's racist banner spurred a 'call to arms' Her Diné grandmother taught her to forage. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This Phoenix restaurant displayed a racist banner. Here's how it spurred a 'call to arms'," 1 Apr. 2021 Then, in 2019, one restaurant broke the mold and opened with cuisine that was entirely new to me — Nepali fusion., "3 places we supported this week," 30 Mar. 2021 Having this restaurant and lake has improved the quality of the life of my family and hundreds of other families in our community. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Once a camp, a resort, a school, even a disco, the Seven Seas property in Delafield could become an assisted living facility next," 26 Mar. 2021 This Italian restaurant will offer a three-course Easter dinner for two on April 4, priced at $100. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Easter 2021: Hop to these 22 San Diego County restaurants for brunch or dinner," 26 Mar. 2021 And one fine dining restaurant is going all in on chocolate with Easter baskets and a giant, 13.5-pound chocolate egg. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Easter specials, from brunch spreads to roast lamb," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of restaurant

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for restaurant

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

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The first known use of restaurant was in 1806

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10 Apr 2021

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“Restaurant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of restaurant

: a place where you can buy and eat a meal


res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-rənt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -ˌränt \

Kids Definition of restaurant

: a public eating place

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