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coffeehouse

[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)
1.
a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
2.
(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)
3.
Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
4.
Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; coffee + house
Related forms
coffeehouser, noun
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