Automat

[ aw-tuh-mat ]
/ ˈɔ təˌmæt /

Trademark.

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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automat

/ (ˈɔːtəˌmæt) /

noun

Also called: vending machine a machine that automatically dispenses goods, such as cigarettes, when money is inserted
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

automat

n.

"automated cafeteria," 1903, probably from automatic.

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