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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And all the waiters would be gorgeous models who would wind up dancing with us after dessert. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Andy Cohen's Dream Dinner Party Guest List Probably Looks a Lot Like Yours," 12 Dec. 2018 Grubhub Delivery Drivers Actually Earn Unlike waiters, they aren’t paid by the restaurants outright. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here's Exactly What to Tip Your Food Delivery Driver," 12 Dec. 2018 Posing as room-service waiters at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, where Frank Jr. was performing, Keenan and a friend entered room 417. PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Explains: Infamous Kidnappings Throughout History," 23 May 2018 One quibble: The Breton-striped shirts on the waiter uniforms have a Where’s Waldo? Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: What's new in Old City," 7 Mar. 2018 From restaurant waiters to performers, their job is to make your vacation as fun as possible. Rebecca Shinners, Woman's Day, "17 Secrets Cruise Ship Workers Don't Want You to Know," 8 July 2016 The posting for waiters shows Trump wants to hire five more foreigners for those jobs than in 2017. 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 The application to hire waiters was first reported Thursday by BuzzFeed. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers," 6 July 2018 No need to get out of your car, the waiter will bring it right to your window. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of waiter

: a person who serves food to people at tables

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