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

Definition of waitstaff

: the staff of servers at a restaurant

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The atmosphere is also absurdly opulent; the walls are marble on marble, the waitstaff wear French maid outfits, there are English tea pots and instrumental elevator-music versions of ‘90s pop songs softly playing in the background. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 The local chamber of commerce was so determined to keep people quiet when Amazon executives visited in March that the business group got restaurant waitstaff and a hotel concierge to sign confidentiality forms ahead of time. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "After Amazon HQ2, Some Lawmakers Question Nondisclosure Requirements," 26 Nov. 2018 Order accuracy and waitstaff behavior increased 2 percent to an 89 and 87. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 2018 Everything is oversized, from the portions (like the four-egg omelet or the six-slice French toast) to the waitstaff smiles. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Places for Hot Chicken in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Customers should be advised to bring semaphores in order to gain the attention of the waitstaff, which seems unaccustomed to any action at all and slightly bemused to encounter actual humans in their midst. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 Mosquito Cafe: Charming cafe with a friendly waitstaff. Joy Sewing, San Antonio Express-News, "Weekend getaway: Your guide to all things Galveston," 11 June 2018 On getting the restaurant lingo right: Starz Throughout the series’ six episodes, Tess learns the ropes of a kitchen and the rules of being on a high-end waitstaff. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Stephanie Danler and Ella Purnell Talk 'Sweetbitter' and Strange Female Friendships," 10 June 2018 Mosquito Cafe Charming cafe with a friendly waitstaff. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Weekend getaway: A Galveston cheat sheet," 10 May 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waitstaff

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

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