buffet

1 [buhf-it]
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:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French buffe a blow + -et -et

buffeter, noun
unbuffeted, adjective


3. slap, cuff, box, hit, sock, wallop.
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buffet

2 [buh-fey, boo- or, esp. for adj., boo-fey; British buhf-it]
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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buffet1
 
n
1.  a counter where light refreshments are served
2.  a.  a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
 b.  (as modifier): a buffet lunch
3.  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.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
 
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]

buffet2 (ˈbʌfɪt)
 
vb , -fets, -feting, -feted
1.  (tr) to knock against or about; batter: the wind buffeted the boat
2.  (tr) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
3.  to force (one's way), as through a crowd
4.  (intr) to struggle; battle
 
n
5.  a blow, esp with a fist or hand
6.  aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
 
[C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin]
 
'buffeter2
 
n

Buffet (French byfɛ)
 
n
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 & History

buffet
early 13c., from O.Fr. bufet "slap, punch," dim. of bufe "a blow, puff of wind," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.

buffet
"table," 1718, from Fr. bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
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Example sentences
It's a salad for the buffet table when drinks go round.
Sittings here tend to be a bit pricier than the standard buffet meal, with the
  exception of dinner.
Unlike school cafeteria fare, this inviting buffet has something for everyone.
The restaurant puts on a super buffet for lunch and dinner.
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