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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Diners can choose between waiter service in the dining room and walk-up bar service in the bar and patio areas. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three North County restaurants to bow out this weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 The other waiter speaks no French, which is a good thing for a French restaurant, so the two of us point and guess. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "When your favorite restaurants go kaput," 26 Aug. 2019 Kendall only partakes in some weed-smoking, and the two drive back to the reception with the waiter at the wheel. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 Don’t expect anything as conventional as a menu; the waiters simply stroll around carrying platters of whatever is freshest from the kitchen. Stephen Connolly, National Geographic, "Beyond Barcelona: A weekend on Málaga’s magical coast," 6 Aug. 2019 Here, 17 types of meat are roasted on a grill imported from Brazil and served by waiters in gaucho-style attire. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Brazilian steakhouse Galpão Gaucho now carving in Walnut Creek," 17 July 2019 This movie, starring Dev Patel, tells the story of the victims and survivors of the attack, and the waiter who risked his life to save innocents. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "16 Movies Based on a True Story to Catch In 2019," 23 May 2019 The waiter even posted receipts from this conversation. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Tati Westbrook and James Charles' Messy Feud," 15 May 2019 For example, waiters work part of their shifts serving customers that generate tips. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "There are many pending issues for the General Assembly, but no special sessions set yet for legislators," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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