Definitions for waiterˈweɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wait•er*ˈweɪ tər(n.)

  1. a person, esp. a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.

  2. a tray for carrying dishes or a tea service; salver.

  3. a person who waits or awaits.

  4. (v.i.)to work or serve as a waiter.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Usage: See -person.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. waiter, server(noun)

    a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)

  2. waiter(noun)

    a person who waits or awaits

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. waiter(noun)ˈweɪ tər

    sb who serves food in a restaurant

    The waiter brought us our drinks.


  1. waiter(Noun)

    A male attendant who serves customers in a restaurant, cafe or similar.

    Waiter! There's a fly in my soup.

  2. waiter(Noun)

    Someone who waits, such as at a table.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waiter(noun)

    one who, or that which, waits; an attendant; a servant in attendance, esp. at table

  2. Waiter(noun)

    a vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver


  1. Waiting staff

    Waiting staff, wait staff, waitstaff or serving staff are those who work at a restaurant or a bar, and sometimes in private homes, attending customers—supplying them with food and drink as requested. An individual waiting tables is commonly called a server, waitperson, waitress, waiter, or less commonly the 1980s American neologism waitron. Archaic terms such as serving girl, serving wench, or serving lad are generally used only within their historical context. Waiting on tables is part of the service sector, and among the most common occupations in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as of May 2008, there were over 2.2 million persons employed as servers in the U.S. Many businesses choose for the people waiting to all wear a uniform, a tradition that has been around in the waiting industry for centuries. Waitstaff may receive tips as a minor or major part of their earnings, with customs varying widely from country to country.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waiter' in Nouns Frequency: #3016

Translations for waiter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who serves people with food etc at table

She is a waitress in a caf; é; Which waiter served you in the restaurant?

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