from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A traditional Indonesian meal in which a wide variety of foods and sauces are served with rice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large meal originating in Colonial Indonesia composed of many different dishes with rice as the main ingredient; several side-dishes such as krupuk, acar and serundeng are served to make it a "rijsttafel".


Dutch : rijst, rice (from Middle Dutch rijs, from Old French ris; see rice) + Dutch tafel, table (from Middle Dutch tafele, from Vulgar Latin *tavola, from Latin tabula, tablet, board).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch rijsttafel ("rice table"). (Wiktionary)



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