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[ka-fey, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪ, kə- or especially for 4, French kaˈfeɪ/
noun, plural cafés
[ka-feyz, kuh- or especially for 4,French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪz, kə- or especially for 4,French kaˈfeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.
Also, cafe.
1780-90; < French: literally, coffee
1, 2. coffeehouse, bistro, lunchroom, tearoom.


[ka-fey, kuh-] /kæˈfeɪ, kə-/
a U.S. federally mandated standard of average minimum miles-per-gallon fuel consumption for all the cars produced by an automobile manufacturer in a given year.
C(orporate) A(verage) F(uel) E(conomy) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cafe
  • cafe busking is done mostly in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes.
  • It houses displays, a cinema, a shop, a cafe and a restaurant.
British Dictionary definitions for cafe


/ˈkæfeɪ; ˈkæfɪ/
a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
(South African) a corner shop or grocer
Word Origin
C19: from French: coffee
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Word Origin and History for cafe

1802, from French café "coffee, coffeehouse," from Italian caffe "coffee" (see coffee). The beverage was introduced in Venice by 1615 and in France from 1650s by merchants and travelers who had been to Turkey and Egypt. The first public café might have been the one opened in Marseilles in 1660.

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cafe in Technology

["Job Control Languages: MAXIMOP and CAFE", J. Brandon, Proc BCS Symp on Job Control Languages--Past Present and Future, NCC, Manchester, England 1974].

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corporate average fuel economy
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Encyclopedia Article for cafe

small eating and drinking establishment, historically a coffeehouse, usually featuring a limited menu; originally these establishments served only coffee. The English term cafe, borrowed from the French, derives ultimately from the Turkish kahve, meaning coffee

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