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restaurateur

[ res-ter-uh-tur; French res-taw-ra-tœr ]
/ ˌrɛs tər əˈtɜr; French rɛs tɔ raˈtœr /
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noun, plural res·tau·ra·teurs [res-ter-uh-turz; French res-taw-ra-tœr]. /ˌrɛs tər əˈtɜrz; French rɛs tɔ raˈtœr/.
the owner or manager of a restaurant.
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Sometimes res·tau·ran·teur [res-ter-uhn-tur, ‐tuh-rahn-, ‐trahn-] /ˌrɛs tər ənˈtɜr, ‐tə rɑn-, ‐trɑn-/ .

Origin of restaurateur

1790–1800; <French; Middle French: restorer <Late Latin restaurātor, equivalent to Latin restaurā(re) to restore + -tor-tor

usage note for 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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British Dictionary definitions for restaurateur

restaurateur
/ (ˌrɛstərəˈtɜː) /

noun
a person who owns or runs a restaurant

Word Origin for restaurateur

C18: via French from Late Latin restaurātor one who restores, from Latin restaurāre to restore

usage for restaurateur

Although the spelling restauranteur occurs frequently, it is a misspelling and should be avoided
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