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bistro

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noun bis·tro \ˈbēs-(ˌ)trō, ˈbis-\

Simple Definition of bistro

  • : a small restaurant or bar

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bistro

plural

bistros

  1. 1 :  a small or unpretentious restaurant

  2. 2 a :  a small bar or tavern b :  nightclub

Examples of bistro in a sentence

  1. a bistro in Paris that serves veal chops and hearty stews

  2. <a section of the city populated with casual bistros offering entertainment to suit nearly every taste>



Origin and Etymology of bistro

French


First Known Use: 1921



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