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E.g. homard a la nage, or lobster boiled and served ‘swimming’ in some of its cooking liquid.

Name Tag

A tag or badge bearing the name of the wearer or attached to an object and bearing the name of its owner.

Synonyms - Badge

Napery  are the table linens.


Name given to oysters reared in beds such as at Colchester.

Natural disaster
Natural disaster is the event capable of causing loss of life, great material damage, destruction, and distress. May be caused by fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, or tornado.

Rich stew made with cheap cuts of mutton, usually garnished with potatoes and spring vegetables.

Night housekeeping supervisor
Night housekeeping supervisor is a supervisor in charge of evening housekeeping operations; an assistant to the executive housekeeper .
Night supervisors report of evening activities
Night supervisors report of evening activities report maintained by the night supervisor in charge of the second work shift, indicating the volume and type of activity performed by the evening shift. Includes a record of checkouts and tidies made ready, rechecks made and the results thereof, and a summary of special requests made by guests.
No Post

Special functionality on Property management systems (PMS) to activate a 'NO post' on reservations this will stop any extra charges from other outlets or connected systems to be charged to the guest room. Example a No Post flag can be activated for interfaces like Telephone, Wifi or Internet, Point of Sale (POS), SPA systems etc.

No-iron linens
No-iron linens are the specific type of linens manufactured with a certain percentage of polyester fiber. Also identified as blend linens; for example, 50-50 blend has 50 percent cotton content and 50 percent polyester fiber. If properly handled in laundering, it will appear wrinkle-free.

A guest who made a room confirmed reservation but did not register or Check-in.

Synonyms - No Show
Non-Recycled inventories

Non-Recycled inventories: Those items in stock that are consumed or used up during the course of routine housekeeping operations. Non-recycled inventories including cleaning supplies, small equipment items, guest supplies etc.


Nonporous are the Non-moisture-absorbing.


Thin strips of noodle paste, plain-boiled and usually tossed in hot butter and served with grated Parmesan cheese.


Nouvelle Cuisine - A modern style of cooking that emphasizes light sauces and seasoning and shortened cooking time, sometimes combined.

Synonyms - Nouvelle Cuisine