family style


adverb, adjective

(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves.

Nearby words

  1. family planning,
  2. family practice,
  3. family practitioner,
  4. family room,
  5. family skeleton,
  6. family support,
  7. family therapy,
  8. family tree,
  9. family values,
  10. family way

Origin of family style

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

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