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bistro

[bis-troh; French bee-stroh] /ˈbɪs troʊ; French biˈstroʊ/
noun, plural bistros
[bis-trohz; French bee-stroh] /ˈbɪs troʊz; French biˈstroʊ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small, modest, European-style restaurant or café.
2.
a small nightclub or restaurant.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French bistro(t), orig. argot, first attested in the sense “proprietor of a tavern” (1884); of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bistros

bistro

/ˈbiːstrəʊ/
noun (pl) -tros
1.
a small restaurant
Word Origin
French: of obscure origin; perhaps from Russian bistro fast
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Word Origin and History for bistros

bistro

n.

1906, from French bistro (1884), originally Parisian slang for "little wineshop or restaurant," of unknown origin. Commonly said to be from Russian bee-stra "quickly," picked up during the Allied occupation of Paris in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon; but this, however quaint, is unlikely. Another guess is that it is from bistraud "a little shepherd," a word of the Poitou dialect, from biste "goat."

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Slang definitions & phrases for bistros

bistro

noun

A restaurant or cafe

[1940s+; fr French]


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