wait·​er | \ˈwā-tər \

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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Or assume that the Asian waiter at a sushi restaurant won’t speak fluent English. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Why We Stereotype Strangers," 29 Oct. 2018 Learn to speak enough of the language to navigate a menu and not insult the waiter. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 The Lot has spent nearly eight months transforming the property into a seven auditorium, 448-seat movie house where patrons will be able to order drinks and gourmet food from plush, reclining seats wired with waiter call buttons. Kathleen Luppi, latimes.com, "Luxury theater and entertainment venue the Lot to open at Fashion Island," 19 Apr. 2018 Earlier on Thursday, another posting showed Trump's club also wants to hire 40 foreigners to serve as waiters and waitresses at the club. David A. Fahrenthold, latimes.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida seeks to hire 61 foreign workers as seasonal cooks and waiters," 6 July 2018 Earlier this week, the club applied to hire 40 foreign workers to serve as waiters and waitresses. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "President Trump's #MeToo actions are worse than his words," 6 July 2018 The club is hiring 40 waiters and waitresses and 21 cooks to work the busy season from Oct. 1 to May 31. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers," 6 July 2018 Second later, a waiter brings in a tray of fajitas as smoke begins to waft across the stage. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kings': Theater Review," 21 Feb. 2018 The club — a for-profit business, which also serves as Trump’s weekend home and 'Winter White House' — submitted applications to hire 21 cooks, 40 waiters and 17 housekeepers from overseas. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of waiter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of waiter

: a man who serves food or drinks to people in a restaurant


wait·​er | \ˈwā-tər \

Kids Definition of waiter

: a person who serves food to people at tables

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