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Definition of automat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

automat

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɔːtəmæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtəmæt//
 
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in the past, a restaurant in which food and drink were bought from machines Word Origin late 17th cent. (denoting an automaton): from German, from French automate, from Latin automaton from Greek, neuter of automatos ‘acting of itself’, from autos ‘self’. The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: automat