waiter

Definitions

  • The Waiter Brought Dad the Check 063
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waiter a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
    • n waiter a person who waits or awaits
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Additional illustrations & photos:

HERE, WAITER, BRING ME ANOTHER BEAN HERE, WAITER, BRING ME ANOTHER BEAN
Waiter and Diner Waiter and Diner
A waiter A waiter

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it
    • Waiter A vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver.
    • Waiter One who, or that which, waits; an attendant; a servant in attendance, esp. at table. "The waiters stand in ranks; the yeomen cry,
      “Make room,” as if a duke were passing by."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waiter A watcher.
    • n waiter A watchman; a guard or keeper.
    • n waiter One who waits; one who abides in expectation of the happening of some event, the arrival of some appointed time, some opportunity, or the like.
    • n waiter A domestic servant. Specifically—
    • n waiter A waiting-woman.
    • n waiter A man-servant who waits at table: applied more commonly to those who serve in hotels or restaurants.
    • n waiter An officer in the employ of the British custom-house. See coast-waiter, tide-waiter.
    • n waiter A tray; a salver.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Waiter one who waits: an attending servant: a salver or tray: a custom-house officer:
    • ns Waiter (obs.) a watchman
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Quotations

  • Harrison Ford
    Harrison Ford
    “I'm an assistant storyteller. It's like being a waiter or a gas-station attendant, but I'm waiting on six million people a week, if I'm lucky. [On being an actor]”
  • Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Barnes
    “Well, isn't Bohemia a place where everyone is as good as everyone else -- and must not a waiter be a little less than a waiter to be a good Bohemian?”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.”
  • William Collier
    William Collier
    “The soup is never hot enough if the waiter can keep his thumb in it.”
  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. waiter (Fr. guetter), to watch, attend—waite, a sentinel—Old High Ger. wahta (Ger. wacht), a watchman; cog. with A.S. wacan, to watch.

Usage

In literature:

A waiter brought wine.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
One may ask the waiter for a second or third glass of water, as even at a formal dinner that is always permissible.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
While they were standing at this door, looking out upon the grounds, a waiter came by, and they told him what they wished to have for dinner.
"Rollo on the Rhine" by Jacob Abbott
Mr. Holiday rang the bell for the waiter to bring up breakfast.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
He was preceded by one waiter and followed by two others.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
The Cabaret Noir was in charge of his former acquaintance, the weary-eyed waiter, and other assistants.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The waiter said that they could have some hot coffee.
"Rollo in Rome" by Jacob Abbott
As a rule, the English waiter is bad and the foreign waiter is good.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
I dismissed the waiter, and as soon as we were alone, I burst into a fit of laughter.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
A head-waiter of that day estimated the number of colored hotel and restaurant waiters at between 400 and 500 in 1870.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
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In poetry:

From buying empires
To planting 'taters,
From Declarations
To trick dumb-waiters.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
O waiter, will you tell me why
You think to get at Christmas time
A five-case note, for do not I
Slip you each day a dime?
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
A waiter, for seasons before,
Had basked in her beautiful gaze,
And burnt to dismember MILOR,
HE LOVED DE LA SAUCE MAYONNAISE.
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Little Birds are dining
Warily and well,
Hid in mossy cell:
Hid, I say, by waiters
Gorgeous in their gaiters -
I've a Tale to tell.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
LORD LARDY knew nothing of this -
The waiter's devotion ignored,
But he gazed on the beautiful miss,
And never seemed weary or bored.
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The cigarette-smoke loops and slides above us,
Dipping and swirling as the waiter passes;
You strike a match and stare upon the flame.
The tiny fire leaps in your eyes a moment,
And dwindles away as silently as it came.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 05: " by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Have you heard the one about two Jewish ladies sitting around in a restaurant , and the waiter comes up and says, 'Is there anything.
Y ou know you should tip your waiter.
Fair added 16 points, Dion Waiters had 13 and Fab Melo scored 12 points to go with six blocks for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East).
Today, the Self- Servicing Waiter: 25, male, Long Island City, gay, live-in boyfriend.
Sur La Table Waiter's Corkscrew ($10).
You are about to order when suddenly another waiter briskly walks by you with a sizzling platter of steak in hand.
View full size Phil Long, Associated Press Kyrie Irving was whispering some veteran's advice -- helpful or otherwise -- as rookie guard Dion Waiters posed for his official Cavaliers photo during Monday's media day in Independence.
View full size Tony Dejak, Associated Press A sluggish start to the preseason for Cavaliers rookie Dion Waiters is getting plenty of attention from head coach Byron Scott.
Good for him, even better for the waiter.
George Clooney 's humanitarian ways extend to waiters and waitresses, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Where will Syracuse's Dion Waiters, Fab Melo be picked.
Enlarge Dennis Nett, The Post-Standard Dion Waiters forces Todd Mayo of Marquette to loose the ball during second half action.
Photo by Frank Ordonez / The Post-Standard Syracuse Orange Basketball 2011-2012: Dion Waiters gallery (10 photos).
Identify the Restaurant in 'Waiter Rant' Before 'The Waiter' Is Outed Tomorrow.
The Waiter's Stoned and the Cook Quit.
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In science:

For example, program aget may spawn only one helper thread signal waiter (sw) to update the progress bar or handle the interrupt signal.
Efficient Deterministic Replay Using Complete Race Detection
Finally the process posts first process in the list of waiters.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
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