wait·​staff ˈwāt-ˌstaf How to pronounce waitstaff (audio)
: the staff of servers at a restaurant

Examples of waitstaff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breakfast scenes, of which the previous two seasons featured many, would look brilliant on the hotel's riverfront terrace, where waitstaff in sharp Thai tailoring zip between tables with champagne bottles and silver platters loaded with tropical fruits. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Apr. 2023 In its heyday, the waitstaff would bring each table hush puppies and bouillon and recite that day’s menu. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 May 2024 Handsome waitstaff circulated with burgers and French fries packed in sleeves bearing the Loewe anagram logos. Vogue, 7 May 2024 Anyway, during pre-service meetings, Cranston said the waitstaff frequently complained about Wong and pondered hypothetical ways to get rid of him. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for waitstaff 

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waitstaff was in 1981

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“Waitstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waitstaff. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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wait·​staff ˈwāt-ˌstaf How to pronounce waitstaff (audio)
: a staff of servers at a restaurant
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