bis·​tro | \ ˈbē-(ˌ)strō , ˈbi- \
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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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 Jeff Binder, manager of the bistro Juliette in Williamsburg, had been worried an L-train shutdown would harm business. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Williamsburg Breathes Sigh of Relief After L-Train News," 3 Jan. 2019 Peacocks wander about, bistro lights are strung over an outdoor patio, and a huge wrap-around porch makes guests feel right at home. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Sprawling House In Texas Now Houses A Gorgeous Restaurant," 20 Nov. 2018 For a casual vibe, check out Deckman’s, which is more lavish cookout than Michelin bistro—though chef Drew Deckman does have a star. Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 The first Spacious, in 2016, was the hip bistro DBGB Kitchen and Bar in New York, which closed last year. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Sorry, Power-Lunchers. These Tables Are Reserved for Drop-In Workers.," 8 July 2018 In a city littered with bistros and bars, chefs run all-day happy hour or Sunday dinner specials on off nights. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 Those campaigning for the bistros and cafes hope to make the list in 2020. Claire Mufson,, "Bistros are the life of Paris, but are they UNESCO worthy?," 16 June 2018 Almost a year ago, Mimi Assad started as the executive chef at Bar Frances, the Freret Street bistro and wine bar. Todd A. Price,, "Bar Frances on Freret Street fires its chef," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a small restaurant or bar

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