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See buffet.


beaufet (plural beaufets)

  1. A counter for refreshments.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume II, chapter 1:
      Mrs. and Miss Bates occupied the drawing-room floor; and there, in the very moderate-sized apartment, which was every thing to them, the visitors were most cordially and even gratefully welcomed; the quiet neat old lady, who with her knitting was seated in the warmest corner, wanting even to give up her place to Miss Woodhouse, and her more active, talking daughter, almost ready to overpower them with care and kindness, thanks for their visit, solicitude for their shoes, anxious inquiries after Mr. Woodhouse’s health, cheerful communications about her mother’s, and sweet-cake from the beaufet—“Mrs. Cole had just been there, just called in for ten minutes, and had been so good as to sit an hour with them, and she had taken a piece of cake and been so kind as to say she liked it very much; and, therefore, she hoped Miss Woodhouse and Miss Smith would do them the favour to eat a piece too.”
    • 1900, Thomas Hardy. "Enter a Dragoon", A Changed Man and Other Stories, p. 157:
      What’s that I saw on the beaufet in the other room? It never used to be there. A sort of withered corpse of a cake—not an old bride-cake surely?’
  2. (archaic) A niche, cupboard, or sideboard for plate, china, glass, etc.; a buffet.
    • Prescott (from Webster 1913)
      a beaufet [] filled with gold and silver vessels