Definition of waiter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈweɪtə/


1A man whose job is to serve customers at their tables in a restaurant.
Example sentences
  • Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.
  • Lauren and I went to Osteria tonight and the waiters outnumbered the customers.
  • The waiters serve the women at each table first.
server, stewardess, steward, attendant;
head waitress/waiter, hostess, host;
wine steward, wine waiter;
butler, servant, page, flunkey;
North American  waitperson, carhop;
French garçon, maître d'hôtel, sommelier (des vins)
2A person who waits for a time, event, or opportunity.
Example sentences
  • Mr McMahon said all of the long waiters in the eastern region should be given an opportunity to be treated under the fund and a record kept of those who don't wish to be involved in the scheme.
  • Although the Trust achieved its target of having no over 12 month waiters, 299 patients had been waiting longer than nine months at the end of March.
3A small tray; a salver.

Words that rhyme with waiter

cater, crater, creator, curator, data, debater, delator, dumbwaiter, equator, fascinator, freighter, frustrater, gaiter, grater, gyrator, hater, later, legator, mater, negator, pater, peseta, plater, rotator, skater, slater, stater, tater, traitor, ultimata, understater, upstater

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