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[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)
a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
(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)
Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.
Origin of coffeehouse
1605-15; coffee + house
Related forms
coffeehouser, noun Unabridged
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  • There is a Lockhart's coffee house round the corner, and she goes there.

    Miss Merivale's Mistake Mrs. Henry Clarke
  • Nowhere else was smoking more constant than at the coffee house.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • The first coffee house was established in London in 1652; ten years later, there were 82 coffee houses in the City.

  • "coffee house," replied I, that place coming first into my head.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The London coffee house was "the pulsating heart of excitement, enterprise, and patriotism" of the early city.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • But no trace of the messenger who came to the coffee house after you could we find.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for coffee house

coffee house

a place where coffee is served, esp one that was a fashionable meeting place in 18th-century London
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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