Definition and Meanings for buffet

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Buffet is ranked 18,344 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of buffet

noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of buffet

f. buffet, ll. bufetum; of uncertain origin; perh. fr. the same source as e. buffet a blow, the root meaning to puff, hence (cf. puffed up) the idea of ostentation or display oe. buffet, boffet, of. buffet a slap in the face, a pair of bellows, fr. buffe blow, cf. f. bouffer to blow, puff; prob. akin to e. puff. for the meaning slap, blow, cf. f. soufflet a slap, souffler to blow. see puff, v. i., and cf. buffet sidebroad, buffooner oe. buffeten, of. buffeter. see the preceding noun cf. buff

Meaning of buffet


as noun

  • a cupboard or set of shelves, either movable or fixed at one side of a room, for the display of plate, china, etc., a sideboard.
  • a counter for food or refreshments.
  • a restaurant containing such a counter, as at a railroad station, or place of public gathering.
  • a meal set out on a buffet[2], arranged so that guests may serve themselves and choose those items that they desire; as, a buffet dinner. diners usually take a plate provided and move in a line past the items on the buffet[2], placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten at some convenient place.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • a blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
  • a blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow, as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse action; an affliction; a trial; adversity.
  • a small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff; to slap.
  • to affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against; as, to buffet the billows.
  • to deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.

as intransitive verb

  • to exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to strive; to contend.
  • to make one's way by blows or struggling.
  • No antonyms for buffet

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