• (RP) IPA: /ˈweɪtə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈweɪtɚ/
  1. A male or sometimes female attendant who serve#Verb|serves customers at their tables in a restaurant, café or similar.
    Waiter! There's a fly in my soup.
  2. Someone who waits for somebody or something; a person who is waiting.
    • 2013, Siciliani Luigi, ‎Borowitz Michael, ‎Moran Valerie, OECD Health Policy Studies: Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector
      However, the NTPF also contained implicit negative incentives for the public sector by offering alternative private sector treatment for the longest waiters at no extra cost to patients or no penalty to public providers.
  3. A person working as an attendant at the London Stock Exchange.
  4. (obsolete) A vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver. (See etymology of dumbwaiter.)
  5. (obsolete) A custom house officer; a tide waiter.
  6. (obsolete) A watchman.
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