Definition of Buffet

Buf`fet´   Pronunciation: bŭf´fĕt
n.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 food or refreshments.
3.A restaurant containing such a counter, as at a railroad station, or place of public gathering.
4.A meal set out on a buffet[2], arranged so that guests may serve themselves and choose those items that they desire; as, a buffet dinner. Diners usually take a plate provided and move in a line past the items on the buffet[2], placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten at some convenient place.
1.A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
When on his cheek a buffet fell.
- Sir W. Scott.
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.
- Burke.
Fortune's buffets and rewards.
- Shak.
3.A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
Go fetch us a light buffet.
- Townely Myst.
v. t.1.To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff; to slap.
[imp. & p. p. Buffeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Buffeting.]
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.To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
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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