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family style

adverb, adjective
(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves.
Origin of family style
1930-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for family style
  • As the logging industry began to decline in the area, the pair kept cooking their family style dinners for friends and neighbors.
  • Meals are served family style, at large tables where you can converse with other guests.
  • Courses simply come out of the kitchen, family style.
  • With a group, this is a great spot to order up family style and sample it all.
  • Meals are served family style, which encourage children and staff to engage in meaningful conversation.
  • The campers served themselves family style in a single dining hall at each camp.
  • It is truly great to come together as a community and fellowship with one another in a family style gathering.
  • The large dinning room provides the guests with a family style dining experience.
  • Meals are served in a family style dining room and are prepared on the cottage.
  • family style meals are served in a common dining room.

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