Definition of restaurateur
: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant
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Restaurateur and restaurant were borrowed directly from related French words, and both ultimately derive from the Latin word restaurare ("to restore"). Restaurateur is the older of the two; our earliest evidence dates it to 1793. Restaurant is only slightly newer; it dates to 1806. Of the two words, restaurant is of course significantly more common—a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling restauranteur for restaurateur. Restauranteur first appeared a mere 44 years after restaurateur, but it is considered by many to be an error. It is, however, a standard variant, albeit one that continues to be used less frequently than restaurateur.
Origin and Etymology of restaurateur
French restaurateur, from Late Latin restaurator restorer, from Latin restaurare
First Known Use: 1796
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Definition of restaurateur for English Language Learners
: a person who owns or manages a restaurant
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