wait·​er | \ ˈwā-tər How to pronounce waiter (audio) \

Definition of waiter

1 : one that waits on another especially : a person who waits tables (as in a restaurant)
2 : a tray on which something (such as a tea service) is carried : salver

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Synonyms for waiter


garçon, server, waitperson

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Examples of waiter in a Sentence

waiters at that elegant restaurant must go through an extended training program before being allowed to serve customers

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And this book’s details about Luckman’s relationship with Gibsons waiter Mohammed Sekhani, and his baby son, Nabell, will warm the hardest heart. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "The dark secret behind the success of Sid Luckman, the greatest Bears quarterback ever," 11 Sep. 2019 Bartenders and waiters shouldn’t touch the top of the container where the pour spout is so as to avoid cross-contamination. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t throw away that cup! S.F. pushes reusables, but it won’t be easy," 4 Aug. 2019 With red-leather booths and bar chairs and waiters and bartenders clad in vests and bow ties, the restaurant has maintained much of its mid-century charm. Los Angeles Times, "Experience the L.A. captured in ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 26 July 2019 Across the hall, the Bar Hemingway evokes the postwar era, with paneled walls, Chesterfield banquettes, white-jacketed waiters and the memorabilia of its namesake regular. New York Times, "A Year in Paris That Transformed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," 23 June 2019 When James was in Seattle for Tati's birthday in February, James apparently was hitting on the waiter and making him, and all of Tati's guests, uncomfortable. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Take Away from James Charles' 41-Minute Response to the Tati Westbrook Feud," 20 May 2019 Flag the waiter for a Whiskey Business and an avo toast, and you're set for the afternoon. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Sherry Dowlatshahi, chief diplomacy and protocol officer for the City of San Antonio, recalled a dinner with a delegation from the Canary Islands, when a waiter couldn’t help but thank Chiscano publicly for saving his life. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio is lucky Dr. Chiscano chose us as his immigration story," 29 Aug. 2019 On a cobbled sidewalk outside the vividly yellow café exterior are several small round tables and chairs, where diners sit and a waiters serves. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Tailor-made for Instagram, ‘Van Gogh for All’ exhibit lets you climb inside his most famous paintings," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of waiter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wait·​er | \ ˈwā-tər How to pronounce waiter (audio) \

Kids Definition of waiter

: a person who serves food to people at tables

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