Definition of cafeteria in English:

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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.
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'.

Words that rhyme with cafeteria

Algeria, anterior, bacteria, Bashkiria, criteria, cryptomeria, diphtheria, exterior, hysteria, Iberia, inferior, interior, Liberia, listeria, Nigeria, posterior, Siberia, superior, ulterior, wisteria

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Syllabification: caf·e·te·ri·a

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