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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Examples of waiter in a Sentence

waiters at that elegant restaurant must go through an extended training program before being allowed to serve customers
Recent Examples on the Web Larson’s version swaps the Island of La Grande Jatte for the legendary Moondance Diner (a Manhattan haunt, since closed down, where Larson had once worked as a waiter), subbing in himself for Seurat. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2021 Americans with the negotiating power to secure more pay and overtime should be more understanding when their waiter drops off that big check. Charley Grant, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 My waiter in a visit to the Cannaregio district earlier this week, Luigi, pointed to all the empty tables on his sidewalk, bemoaning his lost income. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The family opened a popular Hungarian restaurant where young Mihaly worked as a waiter. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2021 Dani works as a waiter at Benidorm, instead of pursuing his musical dreams. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 Empty carafes of wine were whisked away and magically refilled, the four of us praising the waiter like a god. Cecily Wong, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 Armond offered the waiter with the topknot his choice of shifts and some K to get naked together. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 1 Aug. 2021 If there is no longer a wine advisor, don’t blame the new waiter for not knowing the distinction between two Puligny-Montrachet Burgundies put on the list five years ago. John Mariani, Forbes, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of waiter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of waiter was in the 15th century

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“Waiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiter. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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