Meaning of waiter in English:



  • 1A man whose job is to serve customers at their tables in a restaurant.

    • ‘Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.’
    • ‘Lauren and I went to Osteria tonight and the waiters outnumbered the customers.’
    • ‘The waiters serve the women at each table first.’
    • ‘Zombori worked as a busboy and saw how the world's top waiters treated customers.’
    • ‘Ask restaurant waiters which menu items are vegetarian.’
    • ‘What restaurants need are professional waiters.’
    • ‘She worked in the kitchen while her children served as waiters and helpers.’
    • ‘I settled into one of the leather banquettes for a leisurely tea service, including scones and a slice of custard pie served by white-jacketed waiters.’
    • ‘Outside, scores of people mill about, waiters serve free coffee and soda, and a long queue waits to get into the hall.’
    • ‘The waiter also serves as a wine steward, so passengers generally need to know what vintages they like or dislike.’
    • ‘He said that the restaurant has about five waiters on duty during busy periods.’
    • ‘She worked in a few different places but finally settled down in a restaurant as a waiter and bartender.’
    • ‘They hold low-wage jobs as restaurant waiters, street cleaners, construction workers, and dishwashers.’
    • ‘The WCB regulations on second-hand smoke might well prevent a waiter from serving a customer who is smoking.’
    • ‘Service to start with was very slow, although not surprising when you have 2 waiters for a full restaurant.’
    • ‘Just as I gather up my courage to start a conversation with my neighbor, impeccably dressed waiters appear and begin serving dinner.’
    • ‘Hackneyed and sterile, the Rockwell is ideal if you are looking for vastly overpriced drinks served by offhand waiters with pathetically slow service.’
    • ‘At these coastal restaurants, the waiters might be wearing ties and the tables could be draped with linen, but customers are still welcome in shorts and flip-flops.’
    • ‘The young chefs and waiters were delighted with the opportunity of preparing and serving food to their teachers.’
    • ‘Then the head waiter rushes up with a candle.’
    server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
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  • 2A person who waits for a time, event, or opportunity.

    ‘Mr McMahon said all of the long waiters in the eastern region should be given an opportunity to be treated under the fund and a record kept of those who don't wish to be involved in the scheme.’
    ‘Although the Trust achieved its target of having no over 12 month waiters, 299 patients had been waiting longer than nine months at the end of March.’
  • 3A small tray; a salver.