Beef-Eaters. The term "Beefeaters" is a corruption of the French buffe-tiers, (from buffet, meaning sideboard.) The French buffetiers were guards who stood around the sovereign at dinner; and the word has been corrupted gradually to "Beeff--eaters" which is now applied to the yeomen of the guard of the Queen of Great Britain. They are stationed by the sideboard at great royal dinners, and are dressed after the fashion of the time of Henry VIII,