Should you spell it ‘restaurateur’ or ‘restauranteur’? We’ll discuss that in a bit more detail below and teach you how to use the term properly.
The quick answer is that the correct spelling is ‘restaurateur.’ It’s incorrect to say ‘restauranteur,’ even though ‘restaurant’ has an ‘n’ in it. The English language can be tricky that way.
It might seem confusing that there’s no ‘n’ in ‘restaurateur’ even though there’s an ‘n’ in restaurant.
Why is that?
Well, the word has French origins. The word ‘restaurer’ is French for “to restore.”
‘Restaurant’ is the present participle form of the verb (restoring in English).
So what does 'restaurateur' mean exactly? Let's take a look.
The definition of ‘restaurateur’ is “the operator or proprietor of a restaurant,” according to Merriam-Webster.
We already know that the word comes from the French verb, ‘restaurare,’ meaning to restore.
The Cambridge dictionary’s definition is “a person who owns and manages a restaurant.”
But let’s also define ‘restaurant.’
The definition of 'restaurant' is “a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased.”
Synonyms of the word include:
We’ve seen the definitions of each word, so let’s take a look at how you’d use the term in a sentence correctly.
Check out a few examples of how to do just that:
If you’d also like to see how to use ‘restaurant’ in a sentence, take a look at a few examples:
You already know that the correct way to spell the term is ‘restaurateur,’ and not ‘restauranteur.’ It might be tempting to spell it that way because restaurant has an ‘n’ in it.
But you have to remember that it’s spelled somewhat differently than restaurant.
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