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"cafeteria" in British English

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cafeterianoun [C]

uk   /ˌkæf.əˈtɪə.ri.ə/  us   /-ˈtɪr.i-/
A2 a ​restaurant (often in a ​factory, a ​college, or an ​officebuilding) where ​peoplecollectfood and ​drink from a ​servingarea and take it to a ​table themselves after ​paying for it
(Definition of cafeteria from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cafeterianoun [C]

 us   /ˌkæf·ɪˈtɪər·i·ə/
a ​restaurant where ​peoplechoose what they ​want from the ​foods and ​drinks that are ​offered in a ​servingarea and ​carry the ​items to a ​table after ​paying for them
(Definition of cafeteria from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cafeteria" in Business English

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cafeterianoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌkæfəˈtɪəriə/
WORKPLACE a ​restaurant in a ​factory, school, ​officebuilding, etc., where ​peoplecollectfood and drink from a ​servingarea and take it to their ​tables: Employees have four different salads to choose from for ​lunch in the ​company cafeteria.
(Definition of cafeteria from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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