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)

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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

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On Wednesday alone, the cafe's Google reviews fell from almost 5 stars on average to 3.3, according to The Age. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Melbourne Cafe Gets Bad Reviews Because of VCE Exam Question," 2 Nov. 2018 But some of the most important details weren't so obvious: Midge will not be stuck at the Gaslight cafe forever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Clues About Season 2," 10 Aug. 2018 And the part when Joe is outside the cafe trying to see if Shopgirl is beautiful? Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "We Showed 'You've Got Mail' to Our Gen-Z Coworkers and Now Feel Very Old," 1 Aug. 2018 Daytime cafe First Watch is opening a new 4,200-square-foot restaurant on June 4 at 1205 Veterans Parkway in Clarksville, Indiana. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "First Watch cafe is opening next week at a new commercial development," 31 May 2018 Then, in April, the MoMaCha cafe opened on the Bowery, serving matcha tea and exhibiting artworks. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "MoMA Sees a Problem in a Cafe’s Name. The Cafe Sees None.," 27 May 2018 This cafe opened in downtown Phoenix in the historic Luhrs Tower. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in March: 37 openings in a month may set a record," 2 Apr. 2018 And on the rooftop, where a macabre stone sculpture looms over the pool (inspired by the Monster Park in northern Italy), an outdoor cafe and full cocktail bar will open in spring for hotel guests. Jenn Harris,, "Chef Daniel Humm gives an exclusive first look at NoMad in downtown L.A., open Sunday," 16 Jan. 2018 Rise Craft Coffee + Eatery Cold brew coffee on tap, espresso drinks, pastries, breakfast burgers and antipasto plates are just a few of the offerings at this cafe that took over the old Jobot Coffee and Diner building in downtown Phoenix. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 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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