Meaning of “cafeteria” in the English Dictionary

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"cafeteria" in British English

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cafeterianoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkæf.əˈtɪə.ri.ə/ us /ˌkæf.əˈtɪr.i.ə/

(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 people choose what they want from the foods and drinks that are offered in a serving area and carry the items to a table after paying for them

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

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cafeterianoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkæfəˈtɪəriə/ us

WORKPLACE a restaurant in a factory, school, office building, etc., where people collect food and drink from a serving area 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)