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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Consider the precursor of the modern skybox that appeared in 1883 in Chicago’s Lakefront Park — 18 private viewing boxes, outfitted with upholstered armchairs and served by waiters. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: These fields of dreams aren’t in Iowa cornfields," 21 June 2019 Cao, a 36-year-old former waiter in Manhattan, had joined some of his co-workers in 2008 to sue their employer, a popular New York Chinese restaurant, Wu Liang Ye. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Wage theft cases can be easy to win. Collecting is a different story.," 19 June 2019 Still, cost pressures mean the company only pays low-skilled assembly line workers about 5,000 yuan ($720) a month—too little to prevent high turnover as staff leave to take less tedious jobs as restaurant waiters, which pay about the same. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The trade war is already pushing businesses out of China—and it could be permanent," 14 June 2019 Square’s designed the device to work wirelessly with all-day battery life, so restaurant waiters and salon hair stylists can bring over the Terminal directly, which allows customers to pay from their seats. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Square launches Terminal, an all-in-one device for card and mobile payments," 18 Oct. 2018 Much like a waiter steadying plates across two hands, online food-ordering platforms face their own balancing act—particularly those with the biggest trays. Laura Forman, WSJ, "DoorDash Is Coming in Hot," 14 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, in the museum cafe, a waiter circled the communal table at the heart of the white-walled dining room, hawking raw oysters to the tables around the periphery of the room. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 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

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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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