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Meaning of BUFFET

Pronunciation:  [v]'bufet, bu'fey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
  2. [n]  usually inexpensive bar
  3. [n]  a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
  4. [v]  strike, beat repeatedly; "The wind buffeted him"
  5. [v]  strike against forcefully; "Winds buffeted the tent"

BUFFET is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: batter, buff, counter, knock about, sideboard, snack bar, snack counter
 See Also: article of furniture, bar, cellaret, commissary, credence, credenza, drawer, furniture, hit, meal, milk bar, minibar, piece of furniture, repast, shelf, smorgasbord, strike



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buf*fet"\ (b[oo^]f*f[=a]"), n. [F. buffet, LL. bufetum;
    of uncertain origin; perh. fr. the same source as E. buffet a
    blow, the root meaning to puff, hence (cf. puffed up) the
    idea of ostentation or display.]
    1. A cupboard or set of shelves, either movable or fixed at
       one side of a room, for the display of plate, china, etc.,
       a sideboard.
             Not when a gilt buffet's reflected pride Turns you
             from sound philosophy aside.          --Pope.
    2. A counter for refreshments; a restaurant at a railroad
       station, or place of public gathering.
  2. \Buf"fet\ (b[u^]f"f[e^]t), n. [OE. buffet, boffet, OF.
    buffet a slap in the face, a pair of bellows, fr. buffe blow,
    cf. F. bouffer to blow, puff; prob. akin to E. puff. For the
    meaning slap, blow, cf. F. soufflet a slap, souffler to blow.
    See {Puff}, v. i., and cf. {Buffet} sidebroad, {Buffoon}]
    1. A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
             When on his cheek a buffet fell.      --Sir W.
    2. A blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow,
       as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse
       action; an affliction; a trial; adversity.
             Those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for
             yeas to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay.
             Fortune's buffets and rewards.        --Shak.
    3. A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
             Go fetch us a light buffet.           --Townely
  3. \Buf"fet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buffeted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Buffeting}.] [OE. buffeten, OF. buffeter. See the
    preceding noun.]
    1. To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff;
       to slap.
             They spit in his face and buffeted him. --Matt.
                                                   xxvi. 67.
    2. To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive
       with or contend against; as, to buffet the billows.
             The sudden hurricane in thunder roars, Buffets the
             bark, and whirls it from the shores.  --Broome.
             You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of
             your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.
                                                   --W. Black.
    3. [Cf. {Buffer}.] To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling
       the clapper.
  4. \Buf"fet\, v. i.
    1. To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to
       strive; to contend.
             If I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for
             her favors, I could lay on like a butcher. --Shak.
    2. To make one's way by blows or struggling.
             Strove to buffet to land in vain.     --Tennyson.
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