a person, especially a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
a tray for carrying dishes, a tea service, etc.; salver.
a person who waits or awaits.
Obsolete. an attendant.
verb (used without object)
to work or serve as a waiter: to waiter in a restaurant.

1350–1400; Middle English; see wait, -er1

waiterless, adjective

See -person.
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waiter (ˈweɪtə)
1.  a man whose occupation is to serve at table, as in a restaurant
2.  an attendant at the London Stock Exchange or Lloyd's who carries messages: the modern equivalent of waiters who performed these duties in the 17th-century London coffee houses in which these institutions originated
3.  a person who waits
4.  a tray or salver on which dishes, etc, are carried

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "attendant, watchman," agent noun from wait (v.). Sense of "servant who waits at tables" is from late 15c., originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s. Fem. form waitress first recorded 1834.
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Example sentences
But if you are leaving a tip, ensure that it goes to the waiter by leaving the
  cash with your server.
While he was working as a waiter on a train, a picture magazine sparked his
  interest in photography.
On some cruise lines, tipping is the only way your cabin steward or waiter
  makes any significant money.
The other people at my table were baffled, too, although the waiter didn't seem
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