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noun, plural eat·er·ies. Informal.
  1. a restaurant or other commercial establishment serving food.
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Origin of eatery

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; eat + -ery
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Related Words for eatery

bar, diner, joint, inn, outlet, saloon, cafeteria, bistro, booth, grill, hideaway, dive, canteen, lunchroom, chophouse, eatery, pizzeria, drive-in, dump, facility

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noun plural -eries (-ərɪz)
  1. informal a restaurant or eating house
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Word Origin and History for eatery


"restaurant," 1901; see eat + -ery.

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