Definition of cafeteria in English:


Syllabification: caf·e·te·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌkafəˈtirēə


A restaurant or dining room in a school or a business in which customers serve themselves or are served from a counter and pay before eating.
More example sentences
  • Federal law states that while irradiated meat must be labeled in grocery stores, it does not have to be labeled when served in school cafeterias, restaurants or hospitals.
  • Cafés and cafeterias serve open-faced sandwiches with cold meats, smoked fish, or cheese as well as simple but substantial meals of meat or fish and boiled potatoes.
  • Workplace cafeterias and buffets still serve rudimentary midday meals for workers, but even these inexpensive meals are out of reach for many people.
lunchroom, luncheonette, lunch counter;
snack bar, canteen, cafe
informal caf


mid 19th century: from Latin American Spanish cafetería 'coffee shop'.

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