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 restaurateur (audio) \

Definition of restaurateur

: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant

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Restaurateur Has French Roots

Restaurateur and restaurant are French words from Latin restaurare, meaning "to restore." Of the two words, restaurant is more common—a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling restauranteur for restaurateur. Some people consider restauranteur to be an error, but it is still on the menu as an acceptable word choice.

Examples of restaurateur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liang wanted Cantonese cuisine to be accessible to all and was credited with being the first restaurateur in Chinatown to offer his menus in Spanish. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Itai Ben Eli, a Houston restaurateur, said being someone’s first employer comes with extra responsibilities but has been worth the investment. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Netflix's Bad Vegan tells the story of Sarma Melngailis, a New York restaurateur who became involved in a large-scale embezzlement. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 At 86 years old, Marzovilla is a first-time restaurateur. Melissa Malamut, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 The next will be that of Marco Saavedra, a restaurateur in the Bronx who was brought to the United States from Mexico as a child, without papers. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 In March, Vadim Prokopiev, a Belarusian restaurateur who has become one of the main organizers of Belarusian recruits from around Europe, met 14 of them at the Poland-Ukraine border before guiding them to a training site. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Last week, New York-Washington D.C. restaurateur Meyer announced that in order to be seated at any of his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants, diners must show proof of vaccination. Don Stacom,, 10 Aug. 2021 Renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer is calling on all staff and indoor diners at his full-service restaurants in New York City and Washington, D.C., to show proof of vaccination before entering any of his establishments beginning in early September. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 29 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'restaurateur.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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17 May 2022

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“Restaurateur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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