wait·​staff | \ˈwāt-ˌstaf \

Definition of waitstaff 

: the staff of servers at a restaurant

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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 Wall said that employees called police because Wall, who had taken his sister to prom that evening before going with her to the restaurant, sat at a table that hadn’t been cleaned by waitstaff. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Waffle House employees keep calling the cops on black customers," 14 June 2018 This day was created to show thanks to waitstaff for making our dining experiences more enjoyable. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National Waitstaff Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 21 May 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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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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