res·​tau·​ra·​teur | \ ˌre-stə-rə-ˈtər How to pronounce restaurateur (audio) \
variants: or less commonly restauranteur \ ˌre-​stə-​ˌrän-​ˈtər How to pronounce restauranteur (audio) \

Definition of restaurateur

: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant

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Restaurateur Has French Roots

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.

Examples of restaurateur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hoteliers and restaurateurs in New York City who compete with Mr Trump’s businesses could not show that his establishments put them at a competitive disadvantage or that a court had the power to correct the imbalance. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "An appeals court revives an emoluments-clause lawsuit against Donald Trump," 16 Sep. 2019 Chef-restaurateur Chris Pastena and wife Jana, who own Lungomare, Calavera and Chop Bar, had opened the Tribune Tavern on the ground floor of the historic newspaper building in 2013. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Tribune Tavern reopens in Oakland’s landmark tower," 13 Sep. 2019 Pier 4 will also welcome restaurateur Kristin Canty from Concord’s Adelita and Woods Hill Table., "Nautilus Pier 4," 13 Sep. 2019 The second hit came in mid-August when angry restaurateurs began a #logout campaign against Zomato, Dineout, EazyDiner, and other such delivery-platforms. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Back-to-back controversies leave Zomato’s brand image with a bad aftertaste," 12 Sep. 2019 Salute the late restaurateur and Italian-American community figure Joe Bartolotta during special cooking demonstrations at 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. Saturday by Bartolotta chefs. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things to see, do and eat at Festa Italiana in 2019," 15 July 2019 This paper played a big part in raising the national profile of Elena Zelayeta, a blind restaurateur from San Francisco who became America’s first Mexican celebrity chef. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For over 137 years, no newspaper has covered Mexican food better than the L.A. Times," 17 Sep. 2019 That one opened in 2018 by a different restaurateur who wanted to revive the beloved, local Louisiana-style food joint after the original closed in 2016. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Original Crawdaddy's Roadhouse opens in West Allis, down the street from Crawdaddy's on Greenfield," 19 July 2019 While some restaurateurs debate surcharges and discounts, others would rather take the opposite approach and go completely cashless. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area restaurateurs want to charge diners for using credit cards. But they’re scared," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of restaurateur

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for restaurateur

French restaurateur, from Late Latin restaurator restorer, from Latin restaurare

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The first known use of restaurateur was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of restaurateur

: a person who owns or manages a restaurant

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