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café au lait

[kaf-ey oh ley, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey oh le] /ˈkæf eɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˈfeɪ, kə-; French ka feɪ oʊ ˈlɛ/
noun
1.
hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk.
2.
a light brown color.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < French: literally, coffee with milk
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British Dictionary definitions for café au lait

café au lait

/kafe o lɛ/
noun
1.
coffee with milk
2.
  1. a light brown colour
  2. (as modifier): café-au-lait brocade
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Word Origin and History for café au lait

cafe au lait

n.

1763, French café au lait, literally "coffee with milk," from lait "milk" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin lactis, from Latin lactis (see lactation).

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