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 popular hot dog restaurant in Tucson closed off its indoor dining, reverting to take-out only, after its owner became worried about consumer behavior, according to Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Coronavirus surge in states that rushed to reopen is hurting economic growth," 25 June 2020 Devonere Johnson was arrested after entering a restaurant in Madison’s Capitol Square area with a megaphone and baseball bat, the report said. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Democratic lawmaker attacked by protesters in Wisconsin during night of unrest," 24 June 2020 One ominous study of a restaurant in Guangzhou, China, documented how air-conditioning appeared to spread the virus between tables at opposite sides of the room. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Can AC Spread the Coronavirus?," 24 June 2020 Devonere Johnson, 28, was taken into custody after entering a restaurant in Madison’s Capitol Square area with a megaphone and baseball bat, according to the Journal. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Wisconsin state senator attacked by protesters as demonstrations in Madison turn violent," 24 June 2020 The episode comes days after three New York City police officers complained of feeling ill upon sipping shakes from a Shake Shack restaurant in Manhattan on the evening of June 15. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "An off-duty cop says a tampon was put in his Target Starbucks Frappuccino. Target denies it.," 24 June 2020 Choptank, another Atlas restaurant in Baltimore, drew attention for its similar dress code in 2019, which critics said seemed to target black people and people of color. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Ouzo Bay, Loch Bar change dress code policy after black mom, child denied entry in Baltimore," 23 June 2020 The co-owner of Queensboro restaurant in Jackson Heights had already been donating meals to frontline heroes at an overwhelmed city-run hospital. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Queens, residents become the coronavirus safety net," 22 June 2020 One guy told me how five friends had shown up at a restaurant in San Mateo, only to be told there was a four-person limit per party. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: This is Joe Biden’s chance. He needs to do more to grab it," 20 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Restaurant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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