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[res-ter-uh nt, -tuh-rahnt, -trahnt] /ˈrɛs tər ənt, -təˌrɑnt, -trɑnt/
an establishment where meals are served to customers.
1820-30, Americanism; < French, noun use of present participle of restaurer < Latin restaurāre to restore Unabridged
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Examples for restaurant
  • On any given day every restaurant, household and business throws away paper, oil and food.
  • He said to stay in business these days every restaurant must cater to tourists.
  • Business is frequently conducted over lunch, and the safest option is a restaurant in a five-star hotel.
  • Plates are not provided at this sushi restaurant, as the food is served directly on a counter.
  • He sits in a restaurant and sends his food back three times.
  • Interactive effects of reward sensitivity and residential fast-food restaurant exposure on fast-food consumption.
  • Head out on cross-country skis or chat with locals over wild sockeye salmon in the restaurant.
  • Though popular with tourists, the beachside restaurant is in a great spot.
  • Counting calories today is as easy as checking the label in a grocery store, or perusing the menu in a restaurant.
  • Even if you have a light hand with the salt shaker, you probably get lots of sodium in processed or restaurant meals.
British Dictionary definitions for restaurant


/ˈrɛstəˌrɒŋ; ˈrɛstrɒŋ; -rɒnt/
a commercial establishment where meals are prepared and served to customers
Word Origin
C19: from French, from restaurer to restore
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Word Origin and History for restaurant
1827, from Fr. restaurant "a restaurant" (said to have been used in Paris c.1765 by Boulanger), originally "food that restores," noun use of prp. of restaurer "to restore or refresh," from O.Fr. restorer (see restore). Restaurateur is 1796, from Fr. restaurateur, agent noun from restaurer "to restore," on model of L.L. restaurator "restorer."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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