buffet

Definitions

  • Buffet in Quartered Oak
    Buffet in Quartered Oak
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buffet strike, beat repeatedly "The wind buffeted him"
    • v buffet strike against forcefully "Winds buffeted the tent"
    • n buffet a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
    • n buffet usually inexpensive bar
    • n buffet a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
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Additional illustrations & photos:

At the Buffet At the Buffet
"MADE-UP" BUFFET "MADE-UP" BUFFET

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only men were allowed to eat at the first self-service restaurant, the Exchange Buffet in New York, opened in 1885. Customers ate standing up.
    • Buffet A blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow, as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse action; an affliction; a trial; adversity. "Those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for yeas to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay.""Fortune's buffets and rewards."
    • Buffet A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff. "When on his cheek a buffet fell."
    • Buffet A counter for food or refreshments.
    • Buffet A cupboard or set of shelves, either movable or fixed at one side of a room, for the display of plate, china, etc., a sideboard. "Not when a gilt buffet's reflected pride
      Turns you from sound philosophy aside."
    • Buffet A meal set out on a buffet[2], arranged so that guests may serve themselves and choose those items that they desire; as, a buffet dinner. Diners usually take a plate provided and move in a line past the items on the buffet[2], placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten at some convenient place.
    • Buffet A restaurant containing such a counter, as at a railroad station, or place of public gathering.
    • Buffet A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter. "Go fetch us a light buffet ."
    • Buffet To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against; as, to buffet the billows. "The sudden hurricane in thunder roars, Buffets the bark, and whirls it from the shores.""You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of your own, instead of being buffeted about the world."
    • Buffet To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
    • Buffet To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to strive; to contend. "If I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for her favors, I could lay on like a butcher."
    • Buffet To make one's way by blows or struggling. "Strove to buffet to land in vain."
    • Buffet To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff; to slap. "They spit in his face and buffeted him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buffet A blow with the fist; a box; a cuff; a slap; hence, hard usage of any kind suggestive of blows; a violent shock or concussion: as, “fortune's buffets,”
    • n buffet A blast of wind.
    • buffet To strike with the hand or fist; box; beat.
    • buffet To beat in contention; contend against as if with blows: as, to buffet the billows.
    • buffet To exercise at boxing; box; contend with blows of the fists; hence, to force one's way by buffeting.
    • n buffet A cupboard, sideboard, or closet, designed to hold china, crystal, plate, and other like articles.
    • n buffet The space set apart for refreshments in public places.
    • n buffet That part of the cabinet-work of an organ which incloses the pipes.
    • n buffet Same as buffet-stool. Wright, Prov. Dict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buffet buf′et a blow with the fist, a slap
    • v.t Buffet to strike with the hand or fist: to contend against
    • n Buffet buf′et a kind of sideboard: a low stool: a refreshment-bar (in this sense often pronounced buf'ā).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. buffet, boffet, OF. buffet, a slap in the face, a pair of bellows, fr. buffe, blow, cf. F. bouffer, to blow, puff; prob. akin to E. puff,. For the meaning slap, blow, cf. F. soufflet, a slap, souffler, to blow. See Puff (v. i.), and cf. Buffet sidebroad, Buffoon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. buffet; origin unknown.

Usage

In literature:

She, who buffeted, deified him.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
How he was buffeted, and paddled, and slapped!
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
It is now a child of fortune, to be fostered by some and buffeted by others.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
Lemonier was buffeted by a black hand, attached to nobody.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
But King Arthur answered not, and gave him such a buffet on the helm as made him stagger and nigh fall upon the ground.
"The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights" by James Knowles
Mr. Prohack at once drank two glasses of champagne at the buffet, while Sir Paul had the customary whiskey.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
It seems that in Mr. Fenwick's family there was a great deal of plate used, which stood on a buffet.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
Lui et JANE se soulent paisiblement du matin an soir devant le buffet du Petrolium, en amis.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, VOL. 100. Feb. 28, 1891" by Various
This letter is from Mr. John Buffet, who still continues to officiate as clergyman of the colony.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 492" by Various
As for one Samuel Woodhull, late column captain, it was to be admitted that for some time he had been conscious of certain buffetings of fate.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

Anon our king, with that word,
He fold up his sleeve,
And such a buffet he gave Rob-in,
To ground he yede full near.
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
In vain it buffets with its wings,
In vain it wheels around;
Still screaming, in its airy rings,
It sinks towards the ground.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Storms buffeted the iceberg, spray was swept
Across its loftiest height;
Guided alike by storm and calm, it kept
Its fatal path aright.
"A Tryst" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
I hear the thunder rumbling through the rain,
I feel the lightning flicker round my head;
The blizzards buffet me, but I remain
Dumb as the dead!
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Little Miss Muffet Sat at a buffet
Willing the time away.
When there came a big cider
And sat down beside her . . . They carried Miss Muffet away
"Little Miss Muffet" by C J Dennis
Who, climbing, gains at length the place
That crowns the upward track.
And, entering with unsteady pace,
Receives a buffet in the face
That lands him on his back:
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Alright Already, Let's Raise Warren Buffet's Taxes.
Given the choices of bathroom, post office, grocery store and buffet, Northeastern State University alumnus Jerrod Murr had a good idea.
This year's dinner will be served buffet style and, as always, it's all-you-care-to-eat.
(COPPELL, Texas) June 26, 2012 – CiCi's Pizza introduces the Italiano Garlic pizza to its custom buffet.
Banks have been buffeted by more than a week of powerful cyber attacks , but the mystery surrounding their perpetrators lingers.
The buffet is from 3 to 6pm.
You can stuff yourself full of deli meats and warmed-over pasta at the buffet.
We're looking for local businesses that get down with the Back In The Day Buffet.
Earlier this year, Charlie Munger, who is billionaire Warren Buffet's right hand at Berkshire Hathaway and a sort of self-proclaimed mad oracle of Wall Street, made some interesting comments.
Banks have been buffeted by more than a week of powerful cyber attacks, but the mystery surrounding their perpetrators lingers.
The USNSCC Polaris Battalion will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Sept 30, at American Legion Post 225 in Forest Lake from 8:30 am to noon.
Donated Thanksgiving meals were also served Thursday on white-cloth tables, beneath brass chandeliers, to hundreds of hurricane victims at Fort Monmouth, a former military post in Monmouth County, N.J. At the buffet table, P.
First there were five, now there are ten Pima County Corrections Officer's being investigated for a brutal bar beating early Wednesday morning outside of the Buffet on Ninth Avenue.
Restaurants planning Thanksgiving Day buffets or special menus should send their information to scott.cherry@tulsaworld.com.
In this next episode of EX-PATS, host Savannah Jane Buffet takes a trip to Placencia, Belize to visit Pam and John Solomon.
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In science:

Infinite latent feature models and the Indian buffet process.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Stick-breaking construction for the indian buffet process.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Hierarchical beta processes and the Indian buffet process.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Infinite latent feature models and the Indian buffet process.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Hierarchical beta processes and the Indian buffet process.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
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