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Definition of cafeteria noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

cafeteria

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noun
NAmE//ˌkæfəˈtɪriə//
 
 
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a restaurant where you choose and pay for your meal at a counter and carry it to a table. Cafeterias are often found in factories, colleges, hospitals, etc. Consumer groups were urging school cafeterias to serve healthier food.
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