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Meaning of buffet

buf•fet

Pronunciation: (buf'it), [key]
— n., v., -fet•ed, -fet•ing.
—n.
  1. a blow, as with the hand or fist.
  2. a violent shock or concussion.
—v.t.
  1. to strike, as with the hand or fist.
  2. to strike against or push repeatedly: The wind buffeted the house.
  3. to contend against; battle.
—v.i.
  1. to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
  2. to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.

buf•fet

Pronunciation: (bu-fā', boo- or, esp. for adj., b'fāBrit.buf'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc.
  2. a meal laid out on a table or sideboard so that guests may serve themselves.
  3. a counter, bar, or the like, for lunch or refreshments.
  4. a restaurant containing such a counter or bar.
—adj.
  1. consisting of food, refreshments, etc., laid out on tables or buffets from which guests or customers serve themselves: a buffet supper; buffet service.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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