Buffet vs Cupboard - What's the difference?

buffet | cupboard |

As nouns the difference between buffet and cupboard

is that buffet is buffet while cupboard is an enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.

As a verb cupboard is

to collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.



Etymology 1

(wikipedia buffet) .


(en noun)
  • A counter or sideboard from which food and drinks are served or may be bought.
  • *
  • They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet , and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  • Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
  • A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
  • * Townely Myst
  • Go fetch us a light buffet .
    * (food ): buffet meal, smorgasbord

    Etymology 2

    Old French '', diminutive of ''buffe'', cognate with Italian ''buffetto''. See buffer''', '''buffoon , and compare German ''puffen , to jostle, to hustle


    (en noun)
  • A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand, or by any other solid object or the wind.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • On his cheek a buffet fell.
  • * Burke
  • those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for years to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay
  • * {{quote-book, year=1960
  • , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter VII and XIV , passage=Kipper stood blinking, as I had sometimes seen him do at the boxing tourneys in which he indulged when in receipt of a shrewd buffet on some tender spot like the tip of the nose.}}
    * (blow''): blow, collision (''by any solid object''), cuff (''with the hand )


  • To strike with a buffet; to cuff; to slap.
  • * Bible, Matthew xxvi. 67
  • They spit in his face and buffeted him.
  • (figurative) to aggressively challenge, denounce, or criticise.
  • * 2013 May 23, , " British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
  • Buffeted by criticism of his policy on Europe, battered by rebellion in the ranks over his bill to legalize same-sex marriage and wounded by the perception that he is supercilious, contemptuous and out of touch with mainstream Conservatism, Mr. Cameron earlier this week took the highly unusual step of sending a mass e-mail (or, as he called it, “a personal note”) to his party’s grass-roots members.
  • To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.
  • to buffet the billows
  • * Broome
  • The sudden hurricane in thunder roars, / Buffets the bark, and whirls it from the shores.
  • * W. Black
  • You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.
  • To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
  • Etymology 3

    Old French, of unknown origin.



    (en noun)
  • An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
  • Put the cups in the cupboard .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1932, author=
  • , title=Friday's Business , chapter=20 citation , passage=Eurydice pointed to the cupboard , and sat down on the low divan with folded hands, and looked at the floor.}}
  • *
  • (obsolete) A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.
  • Synonyms

    * closet (US) * press * wardrobe (British)

    Derived terms

    * airing cupboard * cupboardlike * cupboard love * cupboardy * fume cupboard * hot cupboard * skeleton in the cupboard

    See also

    * armoire * sideboard


    (en verb)
  • To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.
  • * 1608 , , I. i. 98:
  • Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing / Like labour with the rest,
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