café

café

[ka-fey, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey]
noun, plural cafés [ka-feyz, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey] .
1.
a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
2.
a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
3.
a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.
Also, cafe.


Origin:
1780–90; < French: literally, coffee


1, 2. coffeehouse, bistro, lunchroom, tearoom.
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café (ˈkæfeɪ, ˈkæfɪ)
 
n
1.  a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
2.  (South African) a corner shop or grocer
 
[C19: from French: coffee]

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cafe
1802, from Fr. café "coffee, coffeehouse," from It. caffe "coffee" (see coffee). The beverage was introduced in Venice by 1615 and in France from 1650s by merchants and travelers who had been in Turkey and Egypt. The first public café might have been the one
opened in Marseilles in 1660.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CAFE
corporate average fuel economy
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