cafeteriayoudaoicibaDictYouDict[cafeteria 词源字典]
cafeteria: see coffee
[cafeteria etymology, cafeteria origin, 英语词源]
cafeteria (n.)youdaoicibaDictYouDict
1839, American English, from Mexican Spanish cafeteria "coffee store," from café "coffee" (see coffee) + Spanish -tería "place where something is done" (usually business). The ending came to be understood popularly as meaning "help-yourself" (as though café + -teria) and was extended to new formation with that sense from c. 1923.