estaminet

estaminet

[es-ta-mee-ne]
noun, plural estaminets [es-ta-mee-ne] . French.
a bistro or small café.

Origin:
1805–15

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estaminet (ɛstaminɛ)
 
n
a small café, bar, or bistro, esp a shabby one
 
[C19: from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger]

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estaminet
1814, from Fr., "a café in which smoking is allowed," of unknown origin; some suggest a connection to estamine, a type of open woollen fabric used for making sieves, etc., from L. stamineus "made of thread."
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