Definition of cafeteria in English:

cafeteria

Line breaks: cafe|teria
Pronunciation: /kafɪˈtɪərɪə
 
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noun

1A restaurant in which customers serve themselves from a counter and pay before eating.
More 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.
Synonyms
self-service restaurant, canteen, cafe, restaurant, buffet
North American dated automat
1.1 [as modifier] North American Denoting a system in which people may choose from a number of available options, especially one in which an employee may select a personal package of company benefits: employers who offer cafeteria plans and other flexible programs
More example sentences
  • The cafeteria plans of most large employers contain one or both of these arrangements as an integral part of the plan.
  • The cafeteria plans appears to be a sure-fire way to increase employee take-home pay.
  • Cafeteria plans lower taxes for both employers and employees.

Origin

mid 19th century (originally US): from Latin American Spanish cafetería 'coffee shop'.

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