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


beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], 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 idea has been gathering steam for a few years but is hitting the mainstream now, as retailers and restaurants seize on a way to rejuvenate Valentine’s Day. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "‘Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore.’ Retailers, Florists Cash In on ‘Galentine’s Day,’ a Ladies-Only Spin," 9 Feb. 2019 What makes a hotel or restaurant right for the association? Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Inside the Secret Application Process to Become a Relais & Châteaux Hotel," 31 Jan. 2019 The nearest Peruvian store or restaurant is all the way in San Francisco or San Jose [90 minutes to two hours away]. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Get 25% off all gift cards to popular stores and restaurants including Ulta, Disney, and Spotify. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Find Out Exactly What BJ's Holiday Hours Are," 21 Dec. 2018 But don't worry—along with Dollar Tree and Family Dollar—there are still a handful of retailers and restaurants open on Christmas, including Starbucks, CVS, and Walgreens/Duane Reade. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "These Dollar Stores Are Open on Christmas for Last-Minute Shopping," 17 Dec. 2018 Along with the centralized bar and restaurant, DHA has commandeered several karaoke rooms. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 The company has its sights set on gas stations and restaurants as well as other stores that don’t directly compete with its extensive retail offerings. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly wants gas stations and restaurants to start using Amazon Pay," 21 Nov. 2018 There are 34 stores and restaurants in the center that were temporarily closed, Kautzky said. Todd Richmond, Fox News, "Active shooter reported at business in Madison suburb," 19 Sep. 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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