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 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 Lou Jacobi starred as Ivan, a hotel waiter in Moscow who shared a small apartment with nine other people. Rich Heldenfels, Star Tribune, "'Mayans' revs up for another season on FX," 28 Aug. 2020 Kyle Krueger of Orange County lost his job as a waiter in March. Danielle Echeverria, SFChronicle.com, "Weekly jobless claims drop remain above 1 million; 1 in 5 are in California," 27 Aug. 2020 Once at home, LaVeist’s hypothetical waiter might display no symptoms but be silently spreading the disease to his family and neighbors. Katy Reckdahl, NOLA.com, "How housing patterns may partly explain coronavirus's outsized impact on Black Louisianans," 15 Aug. 2020 The Rocky’s editor, William Byers, had volunteered as a waiter that day. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "At the National Western Stock Show, 4,000 pounds of steak but no possum barbecue," 15 Jan. 2020 It’s a week later, at a dance rehearsal where Smith is putting performers through their paces in the musical’s famous napkin-waving, dancing-waiter number at the Harmonium Gardens restaurant, home of Dolly’s triumphant return to society. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Safety and artistry: All eyes on ‘Dolly’ as masks, sanitizer take the Garden Theatre stage," 18 Aug. 2020 Now all the people in a celebrity’s life—every waiter, assistant, or dental hygienist—may have a thriving YouTube channel, Twitter presence, or TikTok following. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Bad Tippers, Beware: TikTok’s Latest Trend Is Calling Out Celebrity Behavior," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of waiter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Sep 2020

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“Waiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiter. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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