bistro

noun
bis·​tro | \ ˈbē-(ˌ)strō How to pronounce bistro (audio) , ˈbi- How to pronounce bistro (audio) \
plural bistros

Definition of bistro

1 : a small or unpretentious restaurant
2a : a small bar or tavern
b : nightclub

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Examples of bistro in a Sentence

a bistro in Paris that serves veal chops and hearty stews a section of the city populated with casual bistros offering entertainment to suit nearly every taste

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Sean Brock's vision for the new South at Husk Charleston makes stellar use of the region's ingredients; while at Fig, those seasonal ingredients and Southern classics are served in an upscale bistro setting. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Lyon’s characteristic bouchons are small bistros that evolved from the time when Mama would feed the silk workers after a long day. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 The cuisine is French bistro with slight remixing: Go for the Croissant French Toast, thank us later. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places for Brunch in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Nowadays, television has infiltrated not only diners, coffee shops and pizzerias but also upscale steakhouses, romantic Italian bistros and chic cafes. Bob Brody, WSJ, "If I Wanted a TV Dinner, I’d Stay Home," 20 Sep. 2018 In the heart of Hammersmith, owners Emily and Lawrence Hartley just opened Le Petit Citron, a perfect neighborhood bistro. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 Tink's turned the old post office in Clifton into a stylish bistro. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018 Their instant success spurred a spin-off bistro specializing in the savory tarts. Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "These Beautiful Cakes Are Actually Healthy Salads," 28 Mar. 2016 The food scene here does not disappoint either–nor does the shopping–with staples from Singapore, like French bistro Saint Pierre, opening their doors in KL. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bistro

French

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bistro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bistro

: a small restaurant or bar

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