American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large sideboard with drawers and cupboards.
- n. A counter or table from which meals or refreshments are served.
- n. A restaurant having such a counter.
- n. A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.
- adj. Informally served: a buffet luncheon.
- n. A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
- v. To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
- v. To strike against forcefully; batter: winds that buffeted the tent. See Synonyms at beat.
- v. To drive or force with or as if with repeated blows: was buffeted about from job to job by the vagaries of the economy.
- v. To force (one's way) with difficulty.
- v. To force one's way with difficulty: a ship buffeting against the wind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blow with the fist; a box; a cuff; a slap; hence, hard usage of any kind suggestive of blows; a violent shock or concussion: as, “fortune's buffets,”
- n. A blast of wind.
- To strike with the hand or fist; box; beat.
- To beat in contention; contend against as if with blows: as, to buffet the billows.
- To exercise at boxing; box; contend with blows of the fists; hence, to force one's way by buffeting.
- n. A cupboard, sideboard, or closet, designed to hold china, crystal, plate, and other like articles.
- n. The space set apart for refreshments in public places.
- n. That part of the cabinet-work of an organ which incloses the pipes.
- n. Same as buffet-stool. Wright, Prov. Dict.
- n. A counter or sideboard from which food and drinks are served or may be bought.
- n. Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
- n. A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand, or by any other solid object or the wind.
- v. transitive To strike or blow with a buffet or buffets.
- n. A low stool; a hassock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cupboard or set of shelves, either movable or fixed at one side of a room, for the display of plate, china, etc., a sideboard.
- n. A counter for food or refreshments.
- n. A restaurant containing such a counter, as at a railroad station, or place of public gathering.
- n. A meal set out on a buffet, arranged so that guests may serve themselves and choose those items that they desire. Diners usually take a plate provided and move in a line past the items on the buffet, placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten at some convenient place.
- n. A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
- n. A blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow, as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse action; an affliction; a trial; adversity.
- n. A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
- v. To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff; to slap.
- v. To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.
- v. To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
- v. To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to strive; to contend.
- v. To make one's way by blows or struggling.
- n. usually inexpensive bar
- n. a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
- v. strike, beat repeatedly
- v. strike against forcefully
- n. a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
- Old French, of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- French.Middle English, from Old French buffet, diminutive of buffe, blow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lunch from the on-board snack bar (I'm not sure it's quite worthy of the term buffet) was quite a decent ham, cheese and salad sandwich for me, and sausage rolls for the kids, as we watched the countryside pass by.”
“Between the hours of 11: 00 and 4: 30, the buffet is the only meal served in the restaurants.”
“One of the cool things about the buffet is they put a few sweets out for you to enjoy as part of the $10.95 all you can eat.”
“Next door the veggie buffet is super and I like the internet place right there.”
“Dine-in and delivery of the lunch buffet is $6.95.”
“The buffet is a great way to try everything I want, but makes it way too easy to load up.”
“The not so fast oven finally cranks out the meal, the buffet is open and we all eat.”
“I served a breakfast burrito buffet, which is pretty classic behavior, especially since it always goes over fabulously well.”
“Mr. Zinczenko, whose third volume of his Eat This, Not That! series — books about substituting healthier foods for fattier ones — came out recently, called the buffet's mix of seafood and sweets "a struggle between good and evil.”
“If you do a buffet, which is wonderful, because people only take what they want and they leave what they don't want, then you're going to be able to get away with anywhere between -- anywhere between $10 to $12 a head, depending.”
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