- to work or serve as a waiter: to waiter in a restaurant.
Origin of waiter
Related Wordsservant, attendant, steward, waitress, slaver, tray, servitor, salver, footman, waitperson, garcon
Examples from the Web for waiter
“If you are a waiter, you can make twice as much in Austin relative to Flint,” remarked Moretti.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
A waiter brings out some fresh pretzels and homemade pork and wine sausages.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish
Jane & Michael Stern
April 6, 2014
As he was about to offer some to Abu Hassar, our waiter came over.
Before we could begin our conversation again, the waiter brought out a large silver tray with our lunch.
As the waiter would have refilled the glasses, Blythe stopped him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Away runs the waiter to the bar, and gets the ale from the landlord.Sunday under Three Heads
I had given tea and a teapot, with instructions, to the waiter.The Roof of France
But then one rarely does in talking to a waiter when he is serving you.
No cover for one, nor filet, nor vin ordinaire, nor waiter had appeared.
- 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
Word Origin and History for waiter
late 14c., "attendant, watchman," agent noun from wait (v.). Sense of "servant who waits at tables" is from late 15c., originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s.