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


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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Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Earl Davis Jr., 57, a waiter at the Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, Va., for more than 20 years, died May 10 at his mother’s home in Reston, Va. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 14 June 2018 One was a waiter finishing his shift at Barcelona, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Pacific. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican work ethic shows itself in midst of warring with neighbors, allies," 10 June 2018 Ayers is a waiter at a local pizza restaurant and the lead singer and percussionist for the Turnipseeds, a rock band. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "These two men compete to get one-liners in IndyStar’s ‘Let it Out’ section," 23 Apr. 2018 Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has asked permission to hire 78 foreign workers to serve as cooks, waiters and housekeepers during this winter’s social season in Palm Beach, Fla., according to Labor Department data. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Last year, his company applied for permission to hire waiters, housekeepers and cooks. 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 Not a great place to spill secrets, the waiter said. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 Before dinner, the waiter brings both a complimentary water and your drink order, each served with a straw. Morgan Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sense of stewardship motivates Milwaukee restaurants to adopt green practices," 20 Apr. 2018 In this case, waiters, waitresses, and dishwashers would lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "White House Learns Its Tip-Robbing Plan Will Rob Waiters. Guess What Happened Next.," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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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