Definition of family style in English:

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family style

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1Designating a style of preparation or serving of food in which diners help themselves from plates of food that have been put on the table: a family-style Italian restaurant
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  • Do you like a noisy, brightly lit family style restaurant where it seems like one big constant party?
  • As they had last year, they ordered family style dishes of spaghetti, lasagna, and chicken Parmesan.
  • They would open little hotels and fed everyone downstairs in a family style manner.
2Suitable for an entire family, including children: family-style entertainment
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  • They did and took over running a family style resort here for the next 10 years.
  • Friendly mountain hospitality featuring a family style inn, 40 km of professionally groomed Nordic ski trails, innovative kids programming, terrain park and 12 km of wooded snowshoe trails.
  • The family style atmosphere she hopes the festival will foster is similar to Stronach's plans to create entertainment centers around his tracks.


With plates of food from which individual diners can serve themselves: spaghetti served in a huge bowl, family style
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  • Hearty local cuisine is served family style in the main lodge before you retire to your spacious log guest cabin, elegantly rustic and cozy.
  • There is an art to eating Korean barbecue, not least of all because it's served family style.
  • House cured olives and vegetables dressed with Moroccan oil, preserved lemons, and herbs are served family style to be sopped up with wedges of fresh bread.

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Syllabification: fam·i·ly style

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