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[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊs, ˈkɒf i-/
noun, plural coffeehouses
[kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
(in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for a particular purpose, as for informal discussions or card playing.
verb (used without object), coffeehoused [kaw-fee-houzd, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊzd, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA), coffeehousing [kaw-fee-hou-zing, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪŋ, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.
Origin of coffeehouse
1605-15; coffee + house
Related forms
coffeehouser, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Warm up with a velvety rich latte in the new home of locals' long-loved coffeehouse.
  • But notice the ways that the society's members made that space as warm and compelling as any great coffeehouse.
  • But he hopes to set up a recycling agreement with a coffeehouse chain.
  • Every few blocks a coffeehouse, the interior usually clad in warm wood, seems to pop up.
  • So do dozens, perhaps hundreds of other songwriters on the coffeehouse circuit.
  • The laid-back coffeehouse encourages patrons to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee while chatting with friends or family.
  • For dining, the hotel has two restaurants, a coffeehouse and two bars on site.
  • Amenities at the resort include an open-air coffeehouse and laundry service.
  • The hotel also features two sit-down restaurants and a coffeehouse.
  • The coffeehouse also sells breakfast, lunch, and baked goods.

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