Meaning of “waiter” in the English Dictionary

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"waiter" in British English

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waiternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈweɪ.tər/ us /ˈweɪ.t̬ɚ/

A1 a man whose job is to bring the food to customers at their tables in a restaurant

Examples

  • The waiter smiled contemptuously at anyone who didn't know which wine to order.
  • Walter expostulated with the waiter about the size of the bill.
  • The waiter handed me the menu with a flourish.
  • The waiter smiled politely as he handed me my bill/handed my bill to me.
  • A waiter hovered at the table, ready to take our order.

Examples from literature

  • A waiter comes and you get some tea. 
  • The different jobs as waiter, housekeeper, nurse, and more can last for three months, six months, or longer. 

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

"waiter" in American English

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waiternoun [ C ]

us /ˈweɪ·t̬ər/ female waitress, /ˈweɪ·trəs/

a person whose job is to serve meals to people in a restaurant:

A waiter came to the table to take our order.

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