restaurateurs

restaurateur

[res-ter-uh-tur; French res-taw-ra-tœr]
noun, plural restaurateurs [res-ter-uh-turz; French res-taw-ra-tœr] .
the owner or manager of a restaurant.
Sometimes, restauranteur [res-ter-uhn-tur, ‐tuh-rahn-, ‐trahn-] .


Origin:
1790–1800; < French; Middle French: restorer < Late Latin restaurātor, equivalent to Latin restaurā(re) to restore + -tor -tor


The English word restaurateur, borrowed from French, still exists in modern French in the same form and with the same meaning. The variant spelling restauranteur, influenced by the more familiar English word restaurant, is gaining some currency, but has traditionally been considered erroneous.
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restaurateur (ˌrɛstərəˈtɜː)
 
n
a person who owns or runs a restaurant
 
usage  Although the spelling restauranteur occurs frequently, it is a misspelling and should be avoided

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