cafeteria

[ kaf-i-teer-ee-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF cafeteria
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAFETERIA

He hated to admit, as he stood there in the drizzle, his defeat by a cafeteria check.

Near noon he set himself to watch the entrance of the cafeteria.

Half the compartments in the area were deserted, the men leaving for the cafeteria.

They are cafeteria wise, they have a cafeteria class consciousness.

Those who are cafeteria wise can choose a good meal for 28 cents or 33 cents at the most.

Irvin Cobb says that this is the cafeteria belt of which Los Angeles is the buckle.

But cafeterias are very fine for those who have cafeteria sense.

The serving was cafeteria style and 2,000 could be seated at a time.

With his "knowledge of the business," he should have made a success of this cafeteria of his.

Judged from every outward appearance, the cafeteria was up to standard.

WORD ORIGIN

1839, American English, from Mexican Spanish cafeteria "coffee store," from café "coffee" (see coffee) + Spanish -tería "place where something is done" (usually business). The ending came to be understood popularly as meaning "help-yourself" (as though café + -teria) and was extended to new formation with that sense from c.1923.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CAFETERIA

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nounmeal set out on table for choosing
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