What does Cafeteria mean?

Definitions for Cafeteria
ˌkæf ɪˈtɪər i əcafe·te·ri·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cafeterianoun

    a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier

GCIDE

  1. Cafeterianoun

    a room within a building functioning in the same manner as a cafeteria. In certain organizations, as schools, the food may be provided gratis.

Wiktionary

  1. cafeterianoun

    A restaurant in which customers select their food at a counter then carry it on a tray to a table to eat

  2. cafeterianoun

    A dining area in an institution where meals may be purchased (as above) or brought in from elsewhere

  3. Etymology: (Mid 19th or 20th century) American Spanish cafetería, coffeehouse, from cafetera, coffee maker, from French cafetière, from café, from Ottoman Turkish qahveh, from Arabic qahwa

Wikipedia

  1. Cafeteria

    A cafeteria, sometimes called a canteen outside the U.S., is a type of food service location in which there is little or no waiting staff table service, whether a restaurant or within an institution such as a large office building or school; a school dining location is also referred to as a dining hall or lunchroom (in American English). Cafeterias are different from coffeehouses, although the English term came from the Spanish cafetería, same meaning. Instead of table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls or booths, either in a line or allowing arbitrary walking paths. Customers take the food that they desire as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food, particularly items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be immediately prepared with little waiting. Alternatively, the patron is given a number and the item is brought to their table. For some food items and drinks, such as sodas, water, or the like, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after the check-out. Free unlimited second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes (and the consumption patterns of customers), this system is rarely, if at all, used for alcoholic drinks in the United States. Customers are either charged a flat rate for admission (as in a buffet) or pay at the check-out for each item. Some self-service cafeterias charge by the weight of items on a patron's plate. In universities and colleges, some students pay for three meals a day by making a single large payment for the entire semester. As cafeterias require few employees, they are often found within a larger institution, catering to the employees or clientele of that institution. For example, schools, colleges and their residence halls, department stores, hospitals, museums, places of worship, amusement parks, military bases, prisons, factories and office buildings often have cafeterias. Although some of such institutions self-operate their cafeterias, many outsource their cafeterias to a food service management company or lease space to independent businesses to operate food service facilities. The three largest food service management companies servicing institutions are Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo.At one time, upscale cafeteria-style restaurants dominated the culture of the Southern United States, and to a lesser extent the Midwest. There were numerous prominent chains of them: Bickford's, Morrison's Cafeteria, Piccadilly Cafeteria, S&W Cafeteria, Apple House, Luby's, K&W, Britling, Wyatt's Cafeteria and Blue Boar among them. Currently, two Midwestern chains still exist, Sloppy Jo's Lunchroom and Manny's, which are both located in Illinois. There were also a number of smaller chains, usually located in and around a single city. These institutions, with the exception of K&W, went into a decline in the 1960s with the rise of fast food and were largely finished off in the 1980s by the rise of all-you-can-eat buffets and other casual dining establishments. A few chains—particularly Luby's and Piccadilly Cafeterias (which took over the Morrison's chain in 1998)—continue to fill some of the gap left by the decline of the older chains. Some of the smaller Midwestern chains, such as MCL Cafeterias centered on Indianapolis, are still in business.

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  1. cafeteria

    A cafeteria is a type of food service location in which patrons serve themselves from a variety of dishes displayed in a line, often in a self-service setup. The food is usually prepared in advance and held at serving temperature, typically on trays. Cafeterias are common in schools, hospitals, workplaces and other institutions.

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  1. Cafeteria

    A cafeteria is a type of food service location in which there is little or no waiting staff table service, whether a restaurant or within an institution such as a large office building or school; a school dining location is also referred to as a dining hall or canteen. Cafeterias are different from coffeehouses, although that is the Spanish meaning of the English word. Instead of table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls, either in a line or allowing arbitrary walking paths. Customers take the food they require as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food and wait while it is prepared, particularly for items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be quickly prepared. Alternatively, the patron is given a number and the item is brought to their table. Sometimes, for some food items and drinks, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after the check-out. Free second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes, this system is rarely or never used for alcoholic beverages in the US.

Editors Contribution

  1. Cafeteria

    I think It come from : Coffee Tea Aria


    Submitted by abuaseel on June 16, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cafeteria in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cafeteria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    John Johnson Now this is something the other tour guides won't tell you. In this particular cell-block, Machine Gun Kelly had what we call in the prison system, a bitch. And one night in a jealous rage Kelly took a make-shift knife or shiv, and cut out the bitch's eyes. And as if this wasn't enough retribution for Kelly, the next day he and four other inmates took turns pissing into the bitch's ocular cavities. (short pause) This way to the cafeteria

  2. Angela Aiken:

    It's awesome, the kids want to eat it. The teachers want to eat it. Normally cafeteria food is gross.

  3. Lily Eskelsen Garcia:

    The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a political ploy to silence public employees like teachers, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, higher education faculty and other educators to work together to shape their profession.

  4. Domonique Yatsko:

    The principal’s quote to me was ‘ we don’t have dead animals in school, ’ so, I asked her what they serve in the cafeteria ?

  5. Bob Inglis:

    There's a lot of Republicans who may have in the past been critical of fellow Catholics who they call 'cafeteria Catholics' who don't follow the church's teachings -- say, on abortion, but now, are they going to become 'cafeteria Catholics' themselves and not follow the church's teachings on climate change?

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