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Blend of cafeteria +‎ auditorium (originated 1950–55)


cafetorium (plural cafetoriums or cafetoria)

  1. A large room, usually in a school, used as both a cafeteria and an auditorium.
    • 1967, Beverly Cleary, Mitch and Amy, 2009 HarperCollins edition, ISBN 9780688108069, pages 86–87:
      Then Mitchell reminded his mother that they both needed money to pay for their lunches, which meant a search for the exact change to pay for two lunches so they would not slow up the line in the cafetorium.


  • cafetorium” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • cafetorium” in Unabridged:, LLC, 1995–.