Meaning of “buffet” in the English Dictionary

"buffet" in British English

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buffetnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊf.eɪ/ us /bəˈfeɪ/

a meal where people serve themselves different types of food:

Are you having a sit-down meal or a buffet at the wedding?

UK a restaurant in a station, where food and drinks can be bought and eaten

buffetverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbʌf.ɪt/ us /ˈbʌf.ɪt/

(Definition of “buffet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buffet" in American English

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buffetnoun [ C ]

us /bəˈfeɪ, bu-/

a meal where people serve themselves food that is arranged on a table:

Will it be a buffet or a sit-down meal?

buffetverb [ T ]

us /ˈbʌf·ɪt/

to hit something or someone repeatedly and, usually, hard:

Many fierce storms had buffeted the coast before, but this one was worse than usual.

(Definition of “buffet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)