res·tau·rant | \ˈre-stə-ˌränt, -stränt also -st(ə-)rənt, -stərnt\

Definition of restaurant 

: a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased

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Synonyms for restaurant


café (also cafe), diner, eatery, grill

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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

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The restaurant chain opened its 52nd Chicago area location at 1720 Orchard Road in Aurora on July 10. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Lou Malnati's now open in Aurora," 14 July 2018 The couple were reportedly salsa dancing at a restaurant when witnesses say Bieber’s security asked everyone to put their phones away so as not to record the special moment. Julius Young, Fox News, "Justin Bieber's engagement to Hailey Baldwin 'felt right,' source says," 10 July 2018 Bieber proposes at a restaurant in the Bahamas, per TMZ. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018 Bieber and Baldwin, who previously dated before splitting in 2016, have been inseparable in recent days, having been spotted dancing at a restaurant on Friday (July 6). Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Fans React to Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Reported Engagement News," 8 July 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency chief was at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Monday when Kristin Mink, carrying her 2-year-old son, confronted him. USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: This GOP congressman allegedly ignored sexual abuse claims," 3 July 2018 For bar-hoppers The restaurant’s prohibition-era theming is best exemplified in its cocktail menu, while its Italian roots mean a lot of vino. Lauren Delgado,, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Swing by any of the restaurants below to indulge in a plate of free or discounted French fries on July 13., "How to Get Free McDonald's Fries and More Deals on Friday for National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 The quick-service restaurant features salads, sandwiches, Jamaican and Caribbean entrees and snacks like beef patties, jerk wings and coco bread. Leeanne Griffin,, "The Russell Opens Jamaican Grab And Go On Pratt Street," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of restaurant

: a place where you can buy and eat a meal


res·tau·rant | \ˈre-stə-rənt, -ˌränt\

Kids Definition of restaurant

: a public eating place

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a state of commotion or excitement

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