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[res-ter-uh-tur; French res-taw-ra-tœr] /ˌrɛs tər əˈtɜr; French rɛs tɔ raˈtœr/
noun, plural restaurateurs
[res-ter-uh-turz; French res-taw-ra-tœr] /ˌrɛs tər əˈtɜrz; French rɛs tɔ raˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
the owner or manager of a restaurant.
Sometimes, restauranteur [res-ter-uh n-tur, ‐tuh-rahn-, ‐trahn-] /ˌrɛs tər ənˈtɜr, ‐tə rɑn-, ‐trɑn-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of restaurateur
1790-1800; < French; Middle French: restorer < Late Latin restaurātor, equivalent to Latin restaurā(re) to restore + -tor -tor
Usage note
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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a person who owns or runs a restaurant
Usage note
Although the spelling restauranteur occurs frequently, it is a misspelling and should be avoided
Word Origin
C18: via French from Late Latin restaurātor one who restores, from Latin restaurāre to restore
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1796, from French restaurateur, agent noun from restaurer "to restore" (see restaurant) on model of Late Latin restaurator "restorer." Native form restauranter is recorded from 1877.

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