Definition of restaurant in English:


Line breaks: res¦taur|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛst(ə)rɒnt
, -r(ə)nt, -rɒ̃/


  • A place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises.
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    • On the camp site is a well stocked shop and a restaurant, that also serves takeaway dishes.
    • The pub now has two restaurants serving anything from sausages to shark steaks.
    • A large number of pubs serving food and restaurants now offer no smoking areas or no smoking at all.
    eating place, eating house
    informal eatery


early 19th century: from French, from restaurer 'provide food for' (literally 'restore to a former state').

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