Definition of restaurant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrest(ə)rənt/
Pronunciation: /ˈrest(ə)ˌränt/


A place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • restore from Middle English:

    This is from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare ‘rebuild, restore’. This can also mean ‘to provide food for’ from its restorative effects, which is the source of restaurant (early 19th century).

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Syllabification: res·tau·rant

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