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family style Syllabification: fam·i·ly style

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of family style in English:

adjective

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

adverb

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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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