noun, often attributive
ca·​fé | \ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce café (audio) , 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
\ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce CAFE (audio) \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

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Examples of café in a Sentence

Noun 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 Many cities shuttered movie theaters, bars and cafes in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Fear of Virus Ruins the ‘Happiest Day’ for Millions of Chinese," 24 Jan. 2020 Inside, the dining area is divided into three sections: The bar and cafe, the main dining room and a counter reserved for take-out and delivery orders. al, "Go inside Alabama’s first location of The Flying Biscuit," 28 Oct. 2019 LOWELL The Town and The City is a two-day music and arts festival taking place in various bars, cafes, galleries, and other downtown event spaces on Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19., "What’s happening this week - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 The store, which will have a wine bar and cafe and employ 150 people, is the second City Furniture showroom in the Orlando area following the opening of a 85,000-square-foot showroom in Ocoee last year. Austin Fuller,, "Largest City Furniture showroom opening near Mall at Millenia," 25 July 2019 And while Malta is far from a party island, the Golden Mile has an array of bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "For Sale in Malta: A Path to EU Citizenship," 11 July 2019 Here’s a look Harvest Market in downtown Birmingham Harvest Market opened in downtown Birmingham in May. The grocery store, which offers organic produce as well as a juice bar and cafe, was a welcome addition to the city’s downtown area. Shauna Stuart |,, "Salad and grain bowl-focused blueroot co. now open in Pepper Place," 9 July 2019 Get the party started Just outside the resorts, Maho Village is chockablock with duty-free stores, bars, cafes, restaurants and the Casino Royale, which is the largest on the island with 400 slots, a sportsbook and 22 gaming tables. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019 There are matcha tea and coffee bars and a full-service cafe, and staff supervisors are instructed not to send out emails on weekends. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of café was in 1802

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Café.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce CAFE (audio)

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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