buffet

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from French.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

buffet (plural buffets)

  1. A counter or sideboard from which food and drinks are served or may be bought.
  2. Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
  3. A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
    • Townely Myst
      Go fetch us a light buffet.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old French buffet, diminutive of buffe, cognate with Italian buffetto. See buffer, buffoon, and compare German puffen, to jostle, to hustle

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

buffet (plural buffets)

  1. A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand, or by any other solid object or the wind.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      On his cheek a buffet fell.
    • Burke
      those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for years to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII and XIV:
      Kipper stood blinking, as I had sometimes seen him do at the boxing tourneys in which he indulged when in receipt of a shrewd buffet on some tender spot like the tip of the nose.
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Verb[edit]

buffet (third-person singular simple present buffets, present participle buffeting or buffetting, simple past and past participle buffeted or buffetted)

  1. (transitive) To strike with a buffet; to cuff; to slap.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvi. 67
      They spit in his face and buffeted him.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) to aggressively challenge, denounce, or criticise.
    • 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
      Buffeted by criticism of his policy on Europe, battered by rebellion in the ranks over his bill to legalize same-sex marriage and wounded by the perception that he is supercilious, contemptuous and out of touch with mainstream Conservatism, Mr. Cameron earlier this week took the highly unusual step of sending a mass e-mail (or, as he called it, “a personal note”) to his party’s grass-roots members.
  3. To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.
    to buffet the billows
    • Broome
      The sudden hurricane in thunder roars, / Buffets the bark, and whirls it from the shores.
    • W. Black
      You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.
  4. To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.

Etymology 3[edit]

Old French, of unknown origin.

Noun[edit]

buffet (plural buffets)

  1. A low stool; a hassock.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French, of uncertain origin.

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Noun[edit]

buffet m (plural buffets)

  1. sideboard, dresser
  2. (food) buffet

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

Noun[edit]

buffet m (invariable)

  1. sideboard (furniture)
  2. buffet, refreshment bar

Norwegian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

Noun[edit]

buffet (m)

  1. sideboard; dining room furniture containing table linen and services
  2. buffet, refreshment bar

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Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French buffet.

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Noun[edit]

buffet m (plural buffets)

  1. buffet (food laid out so diners may serve themselves)