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coffee shop

a small, usually inexpensive, restaurant where refreshments and light meals are served.
Origin of coffee shop
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It is not a very long distance from the Arab coffee-shop where we left our friend smoking, to the grocer.

    Topsy-Turvy Land Samuel M. Zwemer
  • So he turned into a coffee-shop, and ordered coffee and a plate of beef.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • Two or three men with uneasy consciences have quietly slipped out of the coffee-shop into the mazes of the huts.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Very different was the scene in the meeting-room behind the coffee-shop.

    Demos George Gissing
  • He looked in at the coffee-shop while I was eating my bit of food.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • He went into the one coffee-shop in Salonika which served drinkable tea.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Jack in the sailors' coffee-shop is singing joyously: "Shall we gather at the River—the beautiful, the beautiful, the River?"

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • What the pump is to the villager, so the coffee-shop is to the soldier of the New Army.

    The Amateur Army Patrick MacGill
British Dictionary definitions for coffee-shop

coffee shop

a shop where coffee is sold or drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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