Etymology
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waiter (n.)

late 14c., "attendant, watchman," agent noun from wait (v.). Sense of "attendant at a meal, servant who waits at tables" is from late 15c., originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s.

updated on March 21, 2014

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Definitions of waiter from WordNet

waiter (n.)
a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant);
Synonyms: server
waiter (n.)
a person who waits or awaits;
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