One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To restore.
2no object To partake of refreshments or of a meal; to dine.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Wilfrid Holme (d. 1538), author. From classical Latin restaurāt-, past participial stem of restaurāre restore. In use in sense 2 perhaps after restaurant or French restaurer restore.
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