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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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 Fontaine says that affordability makes bistros a rare meeting point across different cultures and classes. Time, "Iconic Parisian Bistros Are Under Threat. Can They Be Saved?," 11 July 2018 While Bouchon is great for bistro food and the French Laundry is an institution unto itself (with reservations booked almost solid a month in advance), Ad Hoc is unique for its prix-fixe, four-course menu that's served family-style. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 Just as satisfying were a coleslaw that tasted as if it were made seconds before, and perfect, thin French fries that would easily pass muster at the snootiest Parisian bistro. Tim Smith,, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 Vegan and gluten-free cafes, along with juice bars are fast replacing traditional bistros as favorite hangouts in Paris. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "The French still love their cigarettes. But the once chic image is going up in smoke," 2 July 2018 The Cambria brand focuses on business travelers, with modern, stylish rooms and bistro dining, according to Choice. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cambria Hotel & Suites, with 132 rooms, coming to downtown Milwaukee's west side," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bistro was in 1919

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English Language Learners Definition of bistro

: a small restaurant or bar

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