June 16, 2013
restaurant (noun)
\RESS-tuh-rahnt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a business place where meals or refreshments may be bought
How do you use it?
Courtney has been helping out in her family's catering business for several years, but her dream is to own a restaurant of her own.
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Only one of the answers below explains how a place that serves food came to be called a "restaurant." We made the rest up. Which answer do you think is the correct explanation of where the word "restaurant" comes from?

Although definitive written use of the word "restaurant" in French can be traced only as far back as the early 1800s, the first "restaurant" was reportedly opened in 1765 by a Parisian named Boulanger. The name "restaurant" supposedly comes from one of the menu items, "bouillons restaurants," which means "restorative broths" (from French "restaurer," "to restore"). Boulanger also sold poultry and eggs under a Latin motto which translates as "Come to me all who suffer from pain of the stomach and I will restore you."
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