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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/
hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk.
a light brown color.
Origin of café au lait
1755-65; < French: literally, coffee with milk Unabridged
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  • She strutted down the red carpet the color of cafe au lait—except for her white ears and the big white spots behind them.

British Dictionary definitions for cafe au lait

café au lait

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

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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