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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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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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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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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