wait·​staff | \ ˈwāt-ˌstaf How to pronounce waitstaff (audio) \

Definition of waitstaff

: the staff of servers at a restaurant

Examples of waitstaff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will be order-by-phone waitstaff bar service for those on beach chairs and blankets, and a walk-up bar for others. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Many groups were clearly observing milestone birthdays or anniversaries; all reverently praised the food to the waitstaff. Rebecca Rose, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2021 On its Facebook page, the Merry Piglets Mexican Grill acknowledged the couple had stopped in to the Tex-Mex place, but makes no mention of eyewitness accounts that Laundrie, 23, had argued with waitstaff. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 When Gem took over the location, its whole waitstaff started going to Nuñez too — first for alterations, then for his custom pants. Louis Cheslaw, Curbed, 15 Sep. 2021 With the help of her husband, Wil Rivera, and her waitstaff, Pribyson is determined to keep the Wethersfield Diner as a town landmark. Isabella Chan, courant.com, 5 Aug. 2021 The waitstaff could not be more cordial and are very helpful in choosing your dishes and wines. John Mariani, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Food served by waitstaff: Buffets pose a risk for transmission with so many hands touching the same surface. Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Seven of Tosca’s 10 pre-pandemic waitstaff either left the industry or opted not to return. Washington Post, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of waitstaff

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Waitstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waitstaff. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waitstaff

: the group of waiters and waitresses who work at a restaurant


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