[ aw-tuh-mat ]
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  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.

Words Nearby Automat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Automat in a sentence

  • Stanton went through the door of the Automat restaurant and walked over to the vending wall.

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for automat


/ (ˈɔːtəˌmæt) /

  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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