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Buffet vs. Smorgasbord

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Buffetnoun

A counter or sideboard from which food and drinks are served or may be bought.

Smorgasbordnoun

A buffet with many small dishes.

Buffetnoun

Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.

Smorgasbordnoun

(figuratively) An abundant and diverse collection of things.

Buffetnoun

A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.

Smorgasbordnoun

a collection containing a variety of sorts of things;

‘a great assortment of cars was on display’; ‘he had a variety of disorders’; ‘a veritable smorgasbord of religions’;

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Buffetnoun

A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand, or by any other solid object or the wind.

Smorgasbordnoun

an assortment of foods starting with herring or smoked eel or salmon etc with bread and butter; then cheeses and eggs and pickled vegetables and aspics; finally hot foods; served as a buffet meal

Buffetnoun

A low stool; a hassock.

Buffetverb

(transitive) To strike with a buffet; to cuff; to slap.

Buffetverb

to aggressively challenge, denounce, or criticise.

Buffetverb

To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.

‘to buffet the billows’;

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Buffetverb

To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.

Buffetnoun

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 prideTurns you from sound philosophy aside.’;

Buffetnoun

A counter for food or refreshments.

Buffetnoun

A restaurant containing such a counter, as at a railroad station, or place of public gathering.

Buffetnoun

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.

Buffetnoun

A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.

‘When on his cheek a buffet fell.’;

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Buffetnoun

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.’;

Buffetnoun

A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.

‘Go fetch us a light buffet.’;

Buffetverb

To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff; to slap.

‘They spit in his face and buffeted him.’;

Buffetverb

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.’; ‘You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.’;

Buffetverb

To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.

Buffetverb

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.’;

Buffetverb

To make one's way by blows or struggling.

‘Strove to buffet to land in vain.’;

Buffetnoun

a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers

Buffetnoun

a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves

Buffetnoun

usually inexpensive bar

Buffetverb

strike against forcefully;

‘Winds buffeted the tent’;

Buffetverb

strike, beat repeatedly;

‘The wind buffeted him’;

Buffet

A buffet can be either a sideboard (a flat-topped piece of furniture with cupboards and drawers, used for storing crockery, glasses, and table linen) or a system of serving meals in which food is placed in a public area where the diners serve themselves. A form of service à la française, buffets are offered at various places including hotels, restaurants, and many social events.

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