Cafeteria - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌkæfəˈtɪriə|  American pronunciation of the word cafeteria
Brit.  |kafɪˈtɪərɪə|  British pronunciation of the word cafeteria


- a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier


School assemblies were usually held in the cafeteria.

...the clatter of a crowded cafeteria...

...the cafeteria's self-serve table has a full array of condiments...

...there's always a great din from the cafeteria during lunch...

...the leathery meat served in the cafeteria drove many of us to start bringing our own lunches...

...the rearmost people in the cafeteria line often get the dregs that nobody wanted and for good reason...

Everyone uses the cafeteria, from the managing director down to the office boy.

She looked around at the sea of faces (=lots of people seen together) in the cafeteria.

The food in the cafeteria is pretty heinous.

She dines in the executive suite, while we lesser mortals use the staff cafeteria.

After rehearsals, we'd all troop off to the cafeteria.

The students overcrowded the cafeteria

...the restaurant served glop that brought back unpleasant memories of my high school cafeteria...

Word forms

singular: cafeteria
plural: cafeterias
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