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Automat

[aw-tuh-mat]
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Trademark.
  1. a type of self-service restaurant in which customers obtain food from small compartments by depositing the required number of coins in slots so that the doors can be opened.
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Examples from the Web for automat

Historical Examples

  • One was that she would not lunch this noon at any cafeteria or automat!

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove

    James A. Cooper

  • He didn't quite remember how he had left the automat, and he really didn't even try to remember.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Mr. Lum, leaning against the Automat, darkly considered this eventuality.

  • The Automat restaurants, for example, where the customer gets all his requirements himself, would never do in London.

  • He didn't quite remember how he had left the automat, and he didn't even try to remember.

    Anything You Can Do

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for automat

automat

noun
  1. Also called: vending machine a machine that automatically dispenses goods, such as cigarettes, when money is inserted
  2. mainly US an area or room, sometimes having restaurant facilities, where food and other goods are supplied from vending machines
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Word Origin and History for automat

n.

"automated cafeteria," 1903, probably from automatic.

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