Main definitions of buffet in English

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buffet1

Pronunciation /ˈbʊfeɪ//ˈbʌfeɪ/

noun

  • 1A meal consisting of several dishes from which guests serve themselves.

    as modifier ‘a cold buffet lunch’
    • ‘All students, parents and guests enjoyed a buffet in the School Library to finish off the evening's celebrations.’
    • ‘It was artistic and effective, and the more than 900 guests enjoyed the bountiful buffets of superb food set up everywhere.’
    • ‘The best meal of the day was, without doubt, breakfast, which is served as a buffet, but is essentially a feast of 20 or so heaving tables offering more dishes than anyone could sample in a week.’
    • ‘This country style sideboard gives you just the space you need space to store extra dishes, plates and platters, plus room to layout a sumptuous buffet.’
    • ‘That is always assuming that they can fit it all in after having been served up a full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and home-made cakes and canapés.’
    • ‘Guests were treated to a buffet style lunch to sample some of the cuisine with efficient and friendly service to match.’
    • ‘The restaurant had many Afghan, Indian and local dishes in their buffet range.’
    • ‘Adding to the authenticity of the occasion will be a buffet dinner to serve as the wedding reception.’
    • ‘At the end of your round a buffet lunch will be served in the club's temporary clubhouse.’
    • ‘Guests were treated to a magnificent buffet lunch, most lavishly set up in a huge white air-conditioned tent.’
    • ‘We didn't have the typical wedding with bridesmaids, 200 guests and a mile-long buffet with an ice sculpture.’
    • ‘Following the concert, guests moved into the dining room for a bountiful buffet of superb Norwegian specialties.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister and his wife were also taken on conducted tour of the hall, and a buffet lunch was served for the guests.’
    • ‘Local residents enjoyed a champagne reception on arrival, a lavish buffet of hot and cold dishes all served with live piano music.’
    • ‘Tickets cost 20 Euro and the buffet will be served at 9.30 sharp.’
    • ‘This buffet meal of cold and hot hors d' oeuvres often includes various forms of herring, meats, cheeses, and vegetables.’
    • ‘A buffet supper will be served and full bar facilities will be available.’
    • ‘After the show, guests enjoyed the buffet of Egyptian food which always tastes as good as it looks.’
    • ‘If you bring your children, let them participate in an egg hunt in the hotel garden while you enjoy your buffet.’
    • ‘The evening buffet features the particular dishes from the selected province, plus fare from other areas.’
    cold table, cold meal, self-service, smorgasbord
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  • 2A room or counter in a station, hotel, or other public building selling light meals or snacks.

    • ‘It tasted as if it had sat on a railway-station buffet for weeks.’
    • ‘The railway has six superbly restored gas-lit stations, a fleet of steam locomotives and historic carriages, a Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, buffets at Keighley and Oxenhope - and even a CAMRA real ale bar on many trains.’
    • ‘There's no dining car, which adds a bit of adventure - you have to judge your stops and make dashes for the station buffet.’
    • ‘The buffet on the station was icy cold, with a failed heating system.’
    • ‘He's an average man - not too bright, not over-ambitious - but is delighted to have a beautiful wife, May, who runs the station buffet.’
    cafe, cafeteria, snack bar, canteen, salad bar, refreshment counter, refreshment stall, restaurant
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    1. 2.1British A railway carriage selling light meals or snacks.
      • ‘There will be a buffet car, a chilled wine trolley and a bar serving real ale from the Riverhead Brewery at Marsden, near Huddersfield.’
      • ‘The buffet car will be out this weekend when 100 special guests will arrive to celebrate the opening of the Bahamas Museum, at Ingrow - a museum featuring Bahamas-type railstock.’
      • ‘All the toilets but two were either blocked, or had broken locks on the doors, and the buffet car was smoky and unpleasant.’
      • ‘The spokesman said the redesign would give passengers two inches of extra leg room and more comfortable seats while buffets and new toilet compartments would be among other improvements.’
      • ‘The appellant had worked in a buffet car on the railways, as a waitress in a restaurant on South Molle Island, in a nightclub for two periods, and at a tavern as a function manager at the Gold Coast.’
      • ‘The trains on Saturday included a third-class carriage and a 1937 buffet car, which was the first to be restored to its original condition.’
      • ‘The publisher had sent us first class tickets, but there was no first class compartment nor indeed a buffet because of some mysterious problem.’
      • ‘The others are a Pulman buffet car which dates from the 1930s and an art deco Railcar from 1935 one of 28 built.’
      • ‘The Duke of York emerges from a restored buffet car at Leeming Bar station on the Wensleydale Railway to be met by schoolchildren.’
      • ‘There will be a buffet car and a licensed bar on board.’
      • ‘Ten days later the fires had burned out and I shared a railway buffet car with dozens of Cree and Swampy Cree travelling north from Thomson to Hudson Bay.’
      • ‘The famous award-winning real ale buffet car is also available on the train.’
      • ‘All ten trains will be fitted with a new buffet car and kitchen, the coaches will be re-carpeted and all seats refurbished and finished in scratch-resistant coatings.’
      • ‘Also, the award-winning buffet car on the train will be serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and real ales.’
      • ‘Such a huge number of passengers and not a single buffet car or a usable bathroom on the whole train.’
      • ‘Now the steam train's award-winning buffet car, which boasts a host of real ales including York Brewery's masterful Stonewall, is to run every day during the summer.’
      • ‘Red Kangaroo Service also includes a diner, buffet car and lounge.’
      • ‘The TGV also passes that all-important coffee test - it glides along the tracks so smoothly that there's no danger of you spilling a single drop as you wander back from the buffet car cradling your latest steaming liquid caffeine fix.’
      • ‘After queueing for 27 minutes in a line of just 10 people it soon became obvious the concept of speed was pretty alien to the woman in the buffet car, too.’
      • ‘Despite a broken collarbone and foot, she freed herself from debris and cared for passengers, first in the buffet car and then outside the train.’
  • 3North American dated A cabinet with shelves and drawers for keeping dinnerware and table linens; a sideboard.

    • ‘Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk One of a pair of mid nineteenth-century antiquarian buffets, incorporating seventeenth-century Flemish carvings.’
    • ‘Among them a lamp cap, frames, wax holders, tissue boxes, trays, plates, tables, chairs, buffets, and many others.’
    • ‘She took her clean house-dress from a pile of three that she had carefully hidden in the buffet drawer under the kitchen towels.’
    • ‘For rustic country decor in the kitchen, use open shelves, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cupboards for storage.’
    • ‘This pair of buffets will be returned to their original positions on the piers of the recently redecorated Saloon.’
    • ‘Ben moved to the buffet and withdrew several linen napkins.’
    sideboard, cabinet, china cupboard, counter
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Origin

Early 18th century (denoting a sideboard): from French, from Old French bufet ‘stool’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

buffet

/ˈbʊfeɪ//ˈbʌfeɪ/

Main definitions of buffet in English

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buffet2

verb

[with object]
  • 1(especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently; batter.

    ‘rough seas buffeted the coast’
    no object ‘the wind was buffeting at their bodies’
    • ‘We rope the house to trees along the shore to prevent it from drifting away when we are buffeted by strong winds during the area's frequent tempests.’
    • ‘If the pound's mid-Atlantic pattern continues - being buffeted by waves from Europe and North America but not moving much - there will be little to worry about.’
    • ‘I walked from the valley below to both of the fog-free summits, buffeted by ocean winds.’
    • ‘Strong gusts of wind buffeted the Messerschmitt and the captain missed his target.’
    • ‘The world has been buffeted by waves of terror that have traumatised Eastern as well as Western societies.’
    • ‘In winter the island is buffeted by arctic winds, and in early summer the north coast is battered by icebergs floating down from Greenland.’
    • ‘It was so dark they could not see each other as their tree was buffeted by strong winds caused by Cyclone Debbie.’
    • ‘The international order is like a mighty river and our region is but a small boat buffeted by angry waves.’
    • ‘Veterans from across the United States returned to find Bastogne covered in snow and buffeted by biting winds - just as it was during that bitterly cold December of 1944.’
    • ‘As you might expect, the path is exposed to the elements; sometimes it is blessed by sun and clear skies while the rest of the peninsula is in rain, and at other times it is buffeted by strong winds and rain coming in from the sea.’
    • ‘Storm whips up from the Antarctic and joggers pound along a waterfront buffeted by wind.’
    • ‘We were expecting to step outside at the end of the evening and be buffeted by high winds and soaked by torrential rain.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago on October 26 black clouds swirled over the mouth of the Firth of Tay as the east coast of Scotland was buffeted by fierce winds.’
    • ‘He wants to learn how the peregrine does it, how a bird can fly hundreds of miles a day, feeding sporadically and buffeted by uncooperative winds.’
    • ‘It's beautiful in summer, he says, but not quite so today, the back of the house buffeted by howling winds and Biblical rains coming in across the river.’
    • ‘The frail craft, though buffeted by violent winds and sudden air pockets, stayed aloft.’
    • ‘The ferry was traveling from Puerto Galera to Batangas City on Luzon Island when it was buffeted by large waves and strong winds around 7 a.m.’
    • ‘The two figures stumbled across the dunes, buffeted by the wind and sand.’
    • ‘But it would take a powerful insect, or a very brave bird, to pollinate the plants that cling to exposed slopes, consistently buffeted by thirty-mile-an-hour winds.’
    • ‘Amazingly you don't get buffeted by the wind even when you drive fast.’
    batter, pound, beat against, dash against, knock against, push against, lash, strike, hit, bang
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    1. 1.1 Knock (someone) off course.
      ‘he was buffeted from side to side’
      • ‘The Seminole shook as she was buffeted by the two explosions and alarms announced more hull breaches and damage.’
      • ‘Debris pelted down from the rolled edges of the fireball like meteors, buffeting those who had been lucky enough to avoid the initial explosion, slamming them to the ground.’
      • ‘Tears were ripped from her eyes as she was buffeted by the blast.’
      • ‘Jumped on the 8:36 to Cannon Street, got buffeted and barged by all the commuters and knocked off balance by the big backpack on me.’
      • ‘White feathered wings buffeted him aside, the silver-white dragon looking down on him with a slightly distant expression.’
      • ‘He took plenty of hard knocks and got up to give plenty of hard knocks, took a good pack mark, buffeted Richardson out of position in marking duels, punched the ball clear and is a stylish left foot kick.’
      • ‘But she was again buffeted away, as helpless as a dandelion seed.’
      • ‘In the winter of 1972 while staying in the Circuit House at Saharsa I happened to see the then Chief Minister being buffeted and abused by an angry crowd of legislators and politicians.’
      • ‘The sidewalk is narrow and the pedestrian is buffeted on one side by traffic, on the other by the proximity of the plunge and the meagre hip-height railing.’
      • ‘When the ball did reach him, he was constantly buffeted by the Faroes' burly rearguard and struggled to make it stick.’
    2. 1.2 (of difficulties) afflict (someone) over a long period.
      ‘they were buffeted by a major recession’
      • ‘Between the two, we are buffeted by profit, partisanship and passions.’
      • ‘The understudies start by reading from books, but by the magic of theatre these are soon dropped, and the play takes over, its passage buffeted by the mayhem going on all around it.’
      • ‘Perhaps bond yields are signaling an economic slowdown, but it appears more like they are being buffeted by financial instability.’
      • ‘Their personal relationship is buffeted by the external and public events of the play - identity, community, multiculturalism and the hold of a community over its members.’
      • ‘The garbage situation reflects the never-ending mess that buffets the country's two-and-a-half year administration.’
      • ‘But didn't Greene really mean this thriller/romance to be yet another of his expositions on the emotional frailty of men buffeted by love and betrayal?’
      • ‘Wherever we might go, many of the forces buffeting people's lives are similar.’
      • ‘Noise pollution is insidious says actor Randy Hughson, who brings his portrayal of Doyle, a man buffeted by incessant noise, to the Magnetic North Festival.’
      • ‘In September 1897, buffeted by personal and professional difficulties, as well as conflicts with leading German feminists, she entered a mental hospital.’
      • ‘Brazil has also been buffeted by the huge social and economic crisis in neighbouring Argentina - a crisis that led to last December's uprising there.’
      • ‘Or they were tormented souls, buffeted by external dilemmas and prior vulnerabilities.’
      • ‘Without firm, deep foundations, faith is likely to topple over whenever it is challenged by the difficulties that life buffets us with.’
      • ‘There's something about her on-screen bearing that invites tragedy, her characters are relentlessly buffeted by ill-fortune.’
      • ‘Over the last few weeks, Gilbert has been buffeted from all sides by furious investors, politicians, analysts, the media, other fund managers and industry regulators.’
      • ‘An immigrant buffeted by war and with little formal education, he learnt his trade as an intern before marching out on his own as a photojournalist.’
      afflict, trouble, harm, distress, burden, bother, beset, harass, worry, oppress, strain, stress, tax, torment, blight, bedevil, harrow, cause trouble to, cause suffering to
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noun

  • 1dated A blow or punch.

    • ‘Edgar struck him a buffet on the face which sent him reeling backwards.’
    • ‘Soothly, as he followed after me, I had a mind to turn about and deal him a buffet on the face, to see if I could but draw one angry word from him.’
    • ‘But this blow was but a buffet with the hand, compared with the thunderbolt that fate was preparing to launch against my bosom.’
    1. 1.1 A shock or misfortune.
      ‘the daily buffets of urban civilization’
      • ‘What is even more violent is that in order to escape further pain and buffets, Cheryl found herself clinging for salvation in this instant to the very same social yardstick used to measure her a non-person.’
      • ‘To experience the enervating, exasperating and humbling feeling that comes from trying to plumb the depths of this most amazing subject we call mathematics, is to transcend the limits of human capability and fortify oneself against the buffets of life.’
      • ‘Why count the possible buffets and ignore the rewards of fortune?’
      shock, jolt, jar, upset, setback, crisis, catastrophe, blow
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  • 2Aeronautics

    ‘fifteen degrees of flap induce marked buffet’
    another term for buffeting
    • ‘This unit had to be carefully installed to ensure a tight fit, but it also virtually eliminated the tail buffet.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, I sensed the uneasy feeling of the aircraft going into stall buffet.’
    • ‘As an old fighter-pilot, I don't like buffet because sometimes it signals a pre-stall condition.’
    • ‘Stalls are typical and predictable with power on or off and sufficient warning buffet to prevent surprises.’
    • ‘Even at a high rate of plummet there is very good control at 150 kph accompanied by a lot of wind around the windscreen and a lot of air-frame buffet.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French buffeter (verb), buffet (noun), diminutive of bufe ‘a blow’.

Pronunciation

buffet

/ˈbʌfɪt/

Main definitions of buffet in English

: buffet1buffet2buffet3

buffet3

noun

Scottish, Northern English
  • A low stool or hassock.

    • ‘There was a buffet beneath one window, and china closets flanked the fireplace where a fire crackled behind the fender.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French bufet, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

buffet

/ˈbʌfɪt/