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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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 To Rebelle waiter James Goodman, there’s a more soul-searching component. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "The new trends in San Antonio’s restaurant dining scene as its been impacted by coronavirus pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 Lenker got a job as a back waiter at a restaurant on the Upper West Side. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Adrianne Lenker’s Radical Honesty," 12 Oct. 2020 Before the pandemic, Matt Bodo, 22, was homeless for two years while taking community college classes and working full-time as a waiter and a valet in Northern California. Dan Levin, New York Times, "strain on millions of poor U.S. college students," 12 Oct. 2020 Kylie flagged down the waiter to order some Don Julio 1942 tequila. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About the Kylie Jenner "Wasted" Meme That's Going Viral," 10 Oct. 2020 Then, a waiter wearing a face mask takes their order and delivers it to the table. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Every reason to be optimistic': Carnival Corp. CEO expects to resume US sailing before year end," 8 Oct. 2020 The true impact is even worse, though, because many artists make ends meet with side jobs — art handler, fitness instructor, waiter — in industries that are also suffering. Photographs By Dina Litovsky, Victor Llorente And Daniel Arnold Michael Paulson, Elizabeth A. Harris And Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Get Ready for ‘a Radical Reshaping’," 23 Sep. 2020 Those that have remained opened during the Covid-19 pandemic have had to switch to family-style or cafeteria service, where a restaurant employee – typically, a waiter or waitress – takes their order and brings their food and drinks to the table. al, "Alabama gives the OK to return to the buffet," 1 Sep. 2020 For the most part, customers have been understanding of the masks requirements, including the new provision that went into effect last week requiring patrons to wear face coverings when a server/waiter is at their table. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "Elgin-area bars and restaurants adjust to life in a pandemic: ’It’s a new world, a new ride’," 29 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Waiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiter. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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