noun, often attributive
ca·fé | \ka-ˈfā, kə-\
variants: or less commonly cafe

Definition of café 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee) broadly : restaurant

2 : barroom

\ka-ˈfā \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

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Synonyms for café

Synonyms: Noun

diner, eatery, grill, restaurant

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Examples of café in a Sentence


the café presents nationally known jazz performers in an intimate setting a speakeasy that became a fashionable café with the repeal of prohibition

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company graduated from working in cafes and opened an office in Cambridge. Scott Kirsner,, "Why one Boston home security startup caught on and another didn’t," 12 July 2018 Alisa Rivera, a Los Angeles woman, wrote an essay in the Rumpus about meeting Díaz for lunch in a Santa Monica cafe. Michael Schaub,, "Junot Díaz denies misconduct allegations; his accusers respond," 2 July 2018 This trailer will break your heart Amazon Studios released the first trailer Wednesday of the family drama, which begins by showing Chalamet as Nic Sheff, sitting across from his father David, in a cafe. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Beautiful Boy' trailer with Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet will break your heart," 28 June 2018 Stone met Greenberg in a cafe in Sunny Isles, Florida, the lawyer said. NBC News, "Roger Stone says he forgot meeting with Russian who offered Clinton dirt," 18 June 2018 Just weeks after getting her truck out of repo and starting a part-time job in the cafe at Sam’s Club, Pruett called 911 with an attack of excruciating abdominal pain. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Attorney Aaron Schlossberg, better known as the guy seen ranting in that viral video against workers in a New York cafe for speaking Spanish. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for May 23: North Korea, primary results, Zuckerberg, ZTE, leukemia & germs," 23 May 2018 Desperation becomes obvious in the cafe when people squeeze past Mujica's table to the counter and ask the prices of empanadas or soup, which are modest. Scott Smith, Fox News, "Maduro's backers press socialism amid Venezuela's nightmare," 17 May 2018 The pictures of Markle surfing the web in an internet cafe for pictures of Harry and Meghan was also reportedly planned. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Dad Will Not Attend the Royal Wedding After Heart Attack and Staged Paparazzi Photos," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of café


1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café


French café coffee, café, from Turkish kahve — more at coffee

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English Language Learners Definition of café

: a small restaurant where you can get simple meals and drinks (such as coffee)


variants: also cafe \ka-ˈfā, kə- \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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