wait·​er ˈwā-tər How to pronounce waiter (audio)
: one that waits on another
especially : a person who waits tables (as in a restaurant)
: a tray on which something (such as a tea service) is carried : salver

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 The waiter arrived with my food just as this man had taken up an uninvited place at my table. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2024 At some point, a nervous waiter (Manuel Guillot) steps in to serve them wine, and his inability to pour out a glass without spilling it all over the place becomes another gag that soon turns horrifically sour. Or has it? Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for waiter 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


wait·​er ˈwāt-ər How to pronounce waiter (audio)
: one that waits
especially : a person who waits tables (as in a restaurant)

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