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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 of café au lait
1755-1765
1755-65; < French: literally, coffee with milk
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  • Madame prepared her best omelet and cafe-au-lait and Monsieur opened his most prized bottle of Burgundy.

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British Dictionary definitions for cafe-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 cafe-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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