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



    BrE BrE//ˈbʊfeɪ//
    , BrE//ˈbʌfeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bəˈfeɪ//
    Types of restaurant, Types of meal
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  1. 1 a meal at which people serve themselves from a table and then stand or sit somewhere else to eat a buffet lunch/supper Dinner will be a cold buffet, not a sit-down meal. a finger buffet (= food that you can eat with your hands, not with a knife and fork) See related entries: Types of meal
  2. 2a place, for example in a train or bus station, where you can buy food and drinks to eat or drink there, or to take away Wordfinderaisle, buffet, carriage, connection, locomotive, luggage rack, platform, station, track, train See related entries: Types of restaurant
  3. 3(British English) = buffet car
  4. 4 (especially North American English) = sideboard
  5. Word Originearly 18th cent. (denoting a sideboard): from French, from Old French bufet ‘stool’, of unknown origin.Extra examples A finger buffet will be served. Breakfast is served buffet style. The running buffet is available from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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