[res-ter-uh-tur; French res-taw-ra-tœr]
- the owner or manager of a restaurant.
Sometimes res·tau·ran·teur [res-ter-uh n-tur, ‐tuh-rahn-, ‐trahn-] /ˌrɛs tər ənˈtɜr, ‐tə rɑn-, ‐trɑn-/.
Origin of restaurateur
The English word restaurateur , borrowed from French, still exists in modern French in the same form and with the same meaning. The variant spelling restauranteur , influenced by the more familiar English word restaurant , is gaining some currency, but has traditionally been considered erroneous.
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Examples from the Web for restauranteur
“The cost of doing business,” one restauranteur told a Cianci biographer.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
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And a smart New York restauranteur recently made a "cover charge" of twenty-five cents for bread and butter and ice-water.The Personality of American Cities
Shad is a most satisfactory substitute for the French restauranteur's delight—loup de mer.
No French restauranteur worthy the name ever kept dead fish in stock, for nothing deteriorates so quickly.
- a person who owns or runs a restaurant
C18: via French from Late Latin restaurātor one who restores, from Latin restaurāre to restore
Although the spelling restauranteur occurs frequently, it is a misspelling and should be avoided
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Word Origin and History for restauranteur
1796, from French restaurateur, agent noun from restaurer "to restore" (see restaurant) on model of Late Latin restaurator "restorer." Native form restauranter is recorded from 1877.
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