rijst·​ta·​fel | \ ˈrīs-ˌtä-fəl How to pronounce rijsttafel (audio) \

Definition of rijsttafel

: an Indonesian meal consisting of rice and a variety of accompanying dishes (such as meat, seafood, and vegetables)

Examples of rijsttafel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web De Quay’s once-a-month rijsttafel menu (three courses, $43) will be served for the last time on July 16. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "De Quay announces it will close in July; blames oversaturated restaurant scene," 22 June 2018 In addition to rooms that overlook the ocean or rice paddies, there’s an excellent restaurant (order the rijsttafel, a sampling of Indonesian dishes), a spa and a new cocktail lounge reminiscent of an opium den. John Wogan, New York Times, "A Bohemian Surf Town in Bali, Where Serenity Rules," 6 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of rijsttafel

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rijsttafel

Dutch, from rijst rice + tafel table

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The first known use of rijsttafel was in 1889

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“Rijsttafel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rijsttafel. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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