plural bistros
: a small or unpretentious restaurant
: a small bar or tavern

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
Recent Examples on the Web How to get the look: Idiosyncratic art, bistro glasses, a trad lantern. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 8 Sep. 2023 Dine in the elegant turn-of-the-century main dining room or reserve a table in the jazz bistro with live jazz music overlooking Bourbon Street. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 8 Sep. 2023 Since the region is known for its seafood, grab lunch in an Old Town bistro before gearing up for an afternoon of sightseeing. Elly Leavitt, House Beautiful, 21 Aug. 2023 The menu brings together soul food, Southern classics, New Orleans specialties, and upscale bistro fare. Globe Staff,, 25 July 2023 There are huge markdowns on outdoor seating right now, including this bistro dining set, which is 66 percent off. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 Buy It: Onn. 32-inch Class HD LED Roku Smart TV, From $98 (was $144), Walmart Best Target Fourth of July Deals Incandescent Outdoor String Lights Restaurant-level bistro lighting unlocked! Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2023 Mezzanine Bistrot, the museum’s casual natural wine bar and bistro, is overseen by the sommeliers from Venice’s popular Vino Vero. Kathy A. McDonald, Variety, 30 Aug. 2023 At La Grille, a bistro hangout for over 40 years that nearly went bust as Covid hit, a dozen new employees have been hired to tend to the growing crowds. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bistro was in 1919

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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: a small or modest restaurant

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