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buffet1

[buhf-it] /ˈbʌf ɪt/
noun
1.
a blow, as with the hand or fist.
2.
a violent shock or concussion.
verb (used with object), buffeted, buffeting.
3.
to strike, as with the hand or fist.
4.
to strike against or push repeatedly:
The wind buffeted the house.
5.
to contend against; battle.
verb (used without object), buffeted, buffeting.
6.
to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
7.
to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.
Origin of buffet1
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French buffe a blow + -et -et
Related forms
buffeter, noun
unbuffeted, adjective
Synonyms
3. slap, cuff, box, hit, sock, wallop.

buffet2

[buh-fey, boo- or, esp. for adj., boo-fey; British buhf-it] /bəˈfeɪ, bʊ- or, esp. for adj., ˈbu feɪ; British ˈbʌf ɪt/
noun
1.
a sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc.
2.
a meal laid out on a table or sideboard so that guests may serve themselves.
3.
a counter, bar, or the like, for lunch or refreshments.
4.
a restaurant containing such a counter or bar.
adjective
5.
consisting of food, refreshments, etc., laid out on tables or buffets from which guests or customers serve themselves:
a buffet supper; buffet service.
Origin
1710-20; < French, Old French, of obscure origin
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  • I thirsted, and I bethought me of this buffet where you keep your wine.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Alone in his office, Lee Gorman strode angrily to the buffet.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • Against the right wall is a buffet on which is set a tea-caddy, toast-rack, and tea kettle.

    Miss Civilization Richard Harding Davis
  • In the ensuing silence he repaired to the buffet and drank a glass of vodka.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He who gave me the buffet was a bachelor of not superfine morals.

    Zones of the Spirit August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for buffet

buffet1

noun
1.
(ˈbʊfeɪ). a counter where light refreshments are served
2.
(ˈbʊfeɪ)
  1. a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
  2. (as modifier): a buffet lunch
3.
(ˈbʌfɪt; ˈbʊfeɪ). a piece of furniture used from medieval times to the 18th century for displaying plates, etc and typically comprising one or more cupboards and some open shelves
4.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) (ˈbʌfɪ). a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
Word Origin
C18: from French, of unknown origin

buffet2

/ˈbʌfɪt/
verb -fets, -feting, -feted
1.
(transitive) to knock against or about; batter: the wind buffeted the boat
2.
(transitive) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
3.
to force (one's way), as through a crowd
4.
(intransitive) to struggle; battle
noun
5.
a blow, esp with a fist or hand
6.
aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
Derived Forms
buffeter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin

Buffet

/French byfɛ/
noun
1.
Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928–99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms
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Word Origin and History for buffet
v.

c.1200, "to strike with the fist or hand; cuff, box, slap; from Old French bufeter "to strike, slap, punch," from bufet (see buffet (n.2)). Related: Buffeted; buffeting.

n.

"table," 1718, from French bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense in English extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."

c.1200, "blow struck with a fist or weapon," from Old French bufet "slap, punch," diminutive of bufe "a blow, slap, punch; puff of wind," figuratively "cunning trick," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.

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