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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The small, bustling bistro in downtown Lyon specializes in simple Lyonnais dishes including offal, stews and goat cheese beignet. Washington Post, "In Lyon, a new museum celebrates a longstanding culinary tradition," 10 Jan. 2020 Towner Crest features a restaurant-style dining, a bistro, style salon, library, parlor, club lounge, movie theater, chapel, market, wellness center and other amenities to enhance community life. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A $52 million senior living community just opened in Oconomowoc," 6 Jan. 2020 These aren’t your typical French bistros and brasseries. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The biggest Denver restaurant trends of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Cafe Claude Tucked away on quite Claude Lane, this French bistro specializes in classics like coq au vin, salade Nicoise and steak frites. Tara Duggan,, "Where to dine while shopping in Union Square," 7 Dec. 2019 In addition, 6,000 square feet have been added to the Dreyfoos Hall Lobby with a bistro area and there will be a pedestrian-friendly plaza on the corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Tamarind Avenue with an informational marquee. Kari Barnett,, "Kravis Center receives $10M donation for expansion project," 4 Dec. 2019 The shop will offer bistro boxes that people can buy and eat on the premises or take to-go. Anchorage Daily News, "The next chapter: Kodiak residents open book store," 1 Dec. 2019 Crossed with chives over tangy white barbecue sauce, the small bites gave 188 South serious cosmopolitan bistro cred. Mike Sutter,, "Review: 188 South gives New Braunfels restaurant fans a strong place for pizza, cocktails and small plates," 28 Nov. 2019 Now, Rize, a breakfast and lunch bistro, will open another Hamilton County location at the new Gateway Plaza on Old Meridian Street in Carmel. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "One of Indianapolis' best brunch restaurants is coming to Carmel," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bistro.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bistro

: a small restaurant or bar

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