family style

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

Origin of family style

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

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

How to use family style in a sentence

  • He admired this fashion in gardening; it had an air of magnificence, was courtly and noble, and befitting good old family style.

  • There was always this sort of county family style about the town and people, who were always fond of sports, and had a cock-pit.

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