Waiter
Waiter Wait"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, waits; an attendant; a servant in attendance, esp. at table. [1913 Webster]

The waiters stand in ranks; the yeomen cry, ``Make room,'' as if a duke were passing by. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. A vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver. [1913 Webster]

{Coast waiter}. See under {Coast}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • waiter — wait•er [[t]ˈweɪ tər[/t]] n. 1) a person, esp. a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant 2) a tray for carrying dishes or a tea service; salver 3) a person who waits or awaits 4) cvb to work or serve as a waiter • Etymology: 1350–1400 usage …   From formal English to slang

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