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 The day after that, its entire waitstaff tested positive. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight," 30 Sep. 2020 The motif extends to Cuba Libre’s waitstaff: The male servers will wear guayaberas. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "When will Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar open on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard?," 9 Sep. 2020 Their jobs range from spa workers to janitors and include waitstaff, card dealers, actors and housekeepers, according to Malik Husser, a spokesman for MGM National Harbor. Washington Post, "Bowser to seek supplemental U.S. unemployment funds, Northam announces legal aid for people facing evictions," 31 Aug. 2020 One significant change at AMC Coral Ridge 10 is the popular dine-in feature, which allows guests to order from waitstaff at their seats. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida movie theaters reopen: Here’s what you need to know," 28 Aug. 2020 Layne likens the operator’s predicament to that of the waitstaff in a restaurant. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Transit Worker’s Survival Story," 24 Aug. 2020 One survey conducted by TD Ameritrade found 18% of respondents never tip waitstaff. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "How Much Should You Tip During COVID-19?," 24 Aug. 2020 Cash means a great deal to a restaurant’s waitstaff. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "Will the pandemic finally kill cash?," 10 Aug. 2020 The charger is the term for the large plate that goes under all other plates—for a formal, served dinner, this is what the waitstaff will use to hold other plates when serving. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Right Way to Set a Table for Any Occasion," 5 June 2020

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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