[kaw-fee, kof-ee]
a beverage consisting of a decoction or infusion of the roasted ground or crushed seeds (coffee beans) of the two-seeded fruit (coffee berry) of certain coffee trees.
the seeds or fruit themselves.
any tropical tree or shrub of the genus Coffea, of the madder family, especially C. arabica and C. canephora, cultivated commercially. Compare Arabian coffee, robusta coffee.
a cup of coffee: We ordered four coffees and three doughnuts.
a social gathering at which coffee and other refreshments are served.
medium to dark brown.

1590–1600; < Italian caffè < Turkish kahve < Arabic qahwah Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source Link To coffee
World English Dictionary
coffee (ˈkɒfɪ)
1.  a.  a drink consisting of an infusion of the roasted and ground or crushed seeds of the coffee tree
 b.  (as modifier): coffee grounds
2.  Also called: coffee beans the beanlike seeds of the coffee tree, used to make this beverage
3.  short for coffee tree
4.  a.  a medium to dark brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): a coffee carpet
5.  wake up and smell the coffee See wake
[C16: from Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwah coffee]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1600, from It. caffe, from Turk. kahveh, from Arabic qahwah "coffee," said originally to have meant "wine," but perhaps rather from Kaffa region of Ethiopia, a home of the plant (Coffee in Kaffa is called buno). Much initial diversity of spelling, including chaoua. Yemen was the first great coffee
exporter and to protect its trade decreed that no living plant could leave the country. In 16c., a Muslim pilgrim brought some coffee beans from Yemen and raised them in India. Appeared in Europe (from Arabia) c.1515-1519. Introduced to England by 1650; by 1675 England had more than 3,000 coffee houses. Coffee plantations established in Brazil 1727. Meaning "a light meal at which coffee is served" is from 1774.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
For many coffee lovers, their precious beverage comes with an unwanted
  ingredient: caffeine.
It uses proprietary pods instead of fresh-ground beans to produce its coffee.
However, he took these coffee-flavored lemons and made coffee-flavored lemonade.
The old savings advice about skipping your daily cup of coffee and banking the
  cash instead has never really resonated with me.
Image for coffee
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature