a person, especially a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
a tray for carrying dishes, a tea service, etc.; salver.
to work or serve as a waiter: to waiter in a restaurant.
- wait·er·less, adjective
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How to use waiter in a sentence
Though entrepreneurs can hire others to join their business—a restaurant owner can employ waiters, for example, or a taxi owner can let others drive their car—they cannot get legal recognition for their business as a company.Cuba Is Opening Up Its Economy. But Don't Call It a Shift to Capitalism Just Yet | Ciara Nugent | February 9, 2021 | Time
While it’s difficult to get exact numbers of their contribution to the economy, these workers keep Jackson running by filling jobs in all sectors, from house cleaners and construction workers to cooks and waiters.What America's Richest Ski Town's Handling of COVID-19 Says About the Country | Lucas Isakowitz | February 1, 2021 | Time
As digital ordering gains ground, robot waiters and chefs are likely not far behind.
The latest example is a new service from payment giant Square that reduces social interactions by eliminating many tasks performed by a waiter.Fewer waiters, no menus: Is Square’s new service the future of dining? | Jeff | September 29, 2020 | Fortune
We were then surprised when a waiter came over, poured us water, and asked what we wanted to drink.People Are Dining Out, They Just Don’t Want Anyone to Know About It | Jaya Saxena | September 3, 2020 | Eater
“If you are a waiter, you can make twice as much in Austin relative to Flint,” remarked Moretti.
A waiter brings out some fresh pretzels and homemade pork and wine sausages.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here, breakfast begins with a crusty cornetto alla crema served by a formal, dinner jacket-wearing waiter.
He was Russel Rebello, a 33-year-old ship waiter from India who deserves to be recovered so his family can have closure.
In Chobits, hapless waiter Hideki ends up purchasing a “persocom,” an android called Chi, and slowly falls in love with her.
He was dressed like a waiter, and he looked like one—a regular City waiter, you know.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
“Let us have some of your best wine to-day, waiter,” said old Wardle, rubbing his hands.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
He sealed the letter, addressing it to Cannes; called a waiter, late as it was, and desired him to post it.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
"Lettres et journal pour monsieur," interrupted a waiter, entering with two letters and the Times.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
A pedantic fellow called for a bottle of hock at a tavern, which the waiter, not hearing distinctly, asked him to repeat.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
British Dictionary definitions for waiter
a man whose occupation is to serve at table, as in a restaurant
an attendant at the London Stock Exchange or Lloyd's who carries messages: the modern equivalent of waiters who performed these duties in the 17th-century London coffee houses in which these institutions originated
a person who waits
a tray or salver on which dishes, etc, are carried
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