[ buhf-it ]
/ ˈbʌf ɪt /
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a blow, as with the hand or fist.
a violent shock or concussion.

verb (used with object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.

verb (used without object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.

to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.



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Origin of buffet

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French buffe a blow + -et-et


buf·fet·er, nounun·buf·fet·ed, adjective

Definition for buffet (2 of 2)

[ buh-fey, boo- or, especially for adjective, boo-fey; British buhf-it ]
/ bəˈfeɪ, bʊ- or, especially for adjective, ˈbu feɪ; British ˈbʌf ɪt /


a sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc.
a meal laid out on a table or sideboard so that guests may serve themselves.
a counter, bar, or the like, for lunch or refreshments.
a restaurant containing such a counter or bar.


consisting of food, refreshments, etc., laid out on tables or buffets from which guests or customers serve themselves: a buffet supper; buffet service.

Origin of buffet

1710–20; <French, Old French, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for buffet (1 of 3)



(ˈbʊfeɪ) a counter where light refreshments are served
  1. a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
  2. (as modifier)a buffet lunch
(ˈbʌfɪt, ˈbʊfeɪ) a piece of furniture used from medieval times to the 18th century for displaying plates, etc and typically comprising one or more cupboards and some open shelves
(ˈbʌfɪ) Scot and Northern English dialect a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock

Word Origin for buffet

C18: from French, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for buffet (2 of 3)

/ (ˈbʌfɪt) /

verb -fets, -feting or -feted

(tr) to knock against or about; batterthe wind buffeted the boat
(tr) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
to force (one's way), as through a crowd
(intr) to struggle; battle


a blow, esp with a fist or hand
aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows

Derived forms of buffet

buffeter, noun

Word Origin for buffet

C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for buffet (3 of 3)

/ (French byfɛ) /


Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928–99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms
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