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coffeehouse

[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊs, ˈkɒf i-/
noun, plural coffeehouses
[kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
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-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊzd, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA), coffeehousing [kaw-fee-hou-zing, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪŋ, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
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
1605-1615
1605-15; coffee + house
Related forms
coffeehouser, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for coffee house

coffee house

noun
1.
a place where coffee is served, esp one that was a fashionable meeting place in 18th-century London
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Encyclopedia Article for coffee house

cafe

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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