coffee house

coffeehouse

[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-]
noun, plural coffeehouses [kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] .
1.
a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
2.
(in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for a particular purpose, as for informal discussions or card playing.
verb (used without object), coffeehoused [kaw-fee-houzd, kof-ee-] , coffeehousing [kaw-fee-hou-zing, kof-ee-] .
3.
Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
4.
Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.

Origin:
1605–15; coffee + house

coffeehouser, noun
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coffee house
 
n
a place where coffee is served, esp one that was a fashionable meeting place in 18th-century London

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coffee house

small eating and drinking establishment, historically a coffeehouse, usually featuring a limited menu; originally these establishments served only coffee. The English term cafe, borrowed from the French, derives ultimately from the Turkish kahve, meaning coffee

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