Definitions for: Buffet

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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