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a type of self-service restaurant in which customers obtain food from small compartments by depositing the required number of coins in slots so that the doors can be opened.
Historical Examples

The Automat restaurants, for example, where the customer gets all his requirements himself, would never do in London.
Roving East and Roving West E. V. Lucas

One was that she would not lunch this noon at any cafeteria or Automat!
Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper

He didn’t quite remember how he had left the Automat, and he didn’t even try to remember.
Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett

Mr. Lum, leaning against the Automat, darkly considered this eventuality.
The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon Richard Connell

He didn’t quite remember how he had left the Automat, and he really didn’t even try to remember.
Anything You Can Do … Gordon Randall Garrett

Stanton went through the door of the Automat restaurant and walked over to the vending wall.
Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett

Also called vending machine. a machine that automatically dispenses goods, such as cigarettes, when money is inserted
(mainly US) an area or room, sometimes having restaurant facilities, where food and other goods are supplied from vending machines

“automated cafeteria,” 1903, probably from automatic.


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