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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On weekends, Wyatt commuted to a job as a waiter at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Niagara Falls. Barbara Haislip, WSJ, "When Entrepreneurs Get Creative in Raising Funds," 25 Nov. 2018 In 2016 Carlin-Kraft assaulted a waiter at an upscale Manhattan restaurant, the New York Post reported. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Person of interest sought after ex-Playboy model strangled in Pennsylvania home," 28 Aug. 2018 His father, who is retired, previously worked as a waiter at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square. New York Times, "Sauda Bholat, Sufian Shahid," 1 July 2018 After pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Oliver moved to New England and accepted a summer job as a singing waiter at a restaurant in Cohasset. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "John Oliver, founder of Tanglewood Festival Chorus, dies at 78," 13 Apr. 2018 My dad worked as a waiter at a French restaurant, then opened his own places. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "At Old City's Tuna Bar, sushi, a sleek space, and a side of Fujianese family flavors," 15 Mar. 2018 He was employed as a waiter at the famed Russian Tea Room. S. Kirk Walsh, Longreads, "From One Friendship, Lessons on Life, Death, AIDS and Childlessness," 22 Jan. 2018 Our uniformed waiter served demitasse cups of chicken broth, a Stanley Marcus welcoming touch. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 David Mulvar is a waiter at Mabel’s Lobster Claw, a restaurant the Bushes often visited. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘He Said, Xi Said’," 3 Dec. 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 How to pronounce waiter (audio) \

Kids Definition of waiter

: a person who serves food to people at tables

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