res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-ˌränt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -stränt also -st(ə-)rənt, -stərnt \

Definition of restaurant

: a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased

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Examples of restaurant in a Sentence

when we get sick of cooking dinner at home, we like to go out to eat at a nice restaurant
Recent Examples on the Web This iconic restaurant is at the top of every foodie's Maui list for good reason. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 10 May 2022 Three Malaysian friends opened this ramen restaurant in Spenard last month. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 The menu at this Southern fusion restaurant focuses heavily on seafood, with entrees such as oyster platters and shrimp po’ boys. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 This upscale restaurant is an exquisite melding of art and architecture. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Kin Dee: This vibrant Thai restaurant in the Heights has two twists on the margarita. Emma Balter, Chron, 5 May 2022 Employees have been hauling this mobile restaurant for well over a century. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 3 May 2022 Treat mom to a Big Bad Hot Brown, this new restaurant's signature take on the Kentucky classic. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 This family-style Italian restaurant will serve a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch for $7. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of restaurant

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for restaurant

French, from present participle of restaurer to restore, from Latin restaurare

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The first known use of restaurant was in 1806

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16 May 2022

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“Restaurant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-rənt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -ˌränt \

Kids Definition of restaurant

: a public eating place

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