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[ka-fey, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪ, kə- or especially for 4, French kaˈfeɪ/
noun, plural cafés
[ka-feyz, kuh- or especially for 4,French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪz, kə- or especially for 4,French kaˈfeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.
Origin of café
1780-90; < French: literally, coffee
1, 2. coffeehouse, bistro, lunchroom, tearoom. Unabridged
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  • How came he to have the entrée to the café des Deux Épingles?

    The Lost Ambassador E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And there were nights when the affairs of Rome drew us from the café.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Two English officers invited us out to tea to the café near, and were much interested in hearing all our experiences in Serbia.

  • He found the café as comfortable a place to sleep in as any other.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Some one was playing a violin in a café at the corner of the street.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for café


/ˈkæfeɪ; ˈkæfɪ/
a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
(South African) a corner shop or grocer
Word Origin
C19: from French: coffee
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Word Origin and History for café



1802, from French café "coffee, coffeehouse," from Italian caffe "coffee" (see coffee). The beverage was introduced in Venice by 1615 and in France from 1650s by merchants and travelers who had been to Turkey and Egypt. The first public café might have been the one opened in Marseilles in 1660.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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