Other forms: waiters

The person who brings your food in a restaurant is a waiter. If you discover an insect in your gazpacho, you might call out, "Waiter! There's a fly in my soup!"

These days it's more common to call the cafe worker who takes your order and delivers your nachos a server, since it's entirely gender-neutral, but some people still use waiter for a man or woman and waitress for a woman. Your grandpa might enjoy embarrassing the whole family by hollering, "Check please, waiter!" at the end of every restaurant meal. Before this word became common for restaurant servers, it was used for household servants who "waited at table."

Definitions of waiter
  1. noun
    a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
    synonyms: server
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    a waiter at a drive-in restaurant
    counterman, counterperson, counterwoman
    someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)
    sommelier, wine steward, wine waiter
    a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
    a woman waiter
    a person whose job is to make and serve coffee
    bunny, bunny girl
    a young waitress in a nightclub whose costume includes the tail and ears of a rabbit
    soda jerk, soda jerker
    someone who works at a soda fountain
    type of:
    dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant
    someone employed to provide service in a dining room
  2. noun
    a person who waits or awaits
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    lurcher, lurker, skulker
    someone waiting in concealment
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being




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