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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


  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.


  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


  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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  1. 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.

  2. Renato Simao de Oliveiras:

    The cafeteria was in a risky area, just to save money, even if it meant losing the little guy. ... These businessmen, they only think about themselves.

  3. Bill Mutell:

    CEOs aren't there to have coffee in the cafeteria with employees and to yuk it up, it's easy for the gallery to criticize when in fact I'd be curious to see how they would have done things differently.

  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. So I Married an Axe Murderer:

    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

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