noun, cof·fee often attributive \ˈk-fē, ˈkä-\

: a dark brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water

: coffee beans

Full Definition of COFFEE

a :  a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant
b :  any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is prepared
c :  coffee seeds especially roasted and often ground — compare arabica, robusta
d :  a dehydrated product made from brewed coffee <instant coffee>; also :  a beverage made from this
:  a cup of coffee <two coffees>

Examples of COFFEE

  1. I bought a pound of coffee.

Illustration of COFFEE

Origin of COFFEE

Italian & Turkish; Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa
First Known Use: 1598

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with COFFEE

COFFEE Defined for Kids


noun cof·fee \ˈk-fē\

Definition of COFFEE for Kids

:  a drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical plant
:  the roasted seeds of the coffee plant when whole or ground
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