noun, often attributive
ca·​fé | \ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce café (audio) , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cafe

Definition of café

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee) broadly : restaurant
2 : barroom
\ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce CAFE (audio) \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

Examples of café in a Sentence

Noun the café presents nationally known jazz performers in an intimate setting a speakeasy that became a fashionable café with the repeal of prohibition
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The only reason dad will want to go to the cafe from now on is to pick up his favorite, freshly roasted beans. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The town, organized around a central piazza in the shape of Gucci’s double G logo, features everything from a digital boutique to a cafe where fans of the Italian brand can connect and hang out. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 May 2022 Willa purchased two lots right by the sand and ran a popular lodge, cafe and dance hall that extended a rare welcome to Black beachgoers. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Deborah Berke has converted into an efficient, luminous compound containing artist studios, production facilities, a gallery, a cafe and a black box theater that’s still under construction. New York Times, 9 July 2022 The Northwood Commons will also bring to the area a Barnes & Noble cafe and a public safety building for Morgan State. Matt Cohen, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2022 The library’s facilities include a 2,400-square-foot performance hall, a street-level cafe and coffee bar, recording studios, a teen center and the TD Great Reading Room, where visitors can peruse books from the library’s 450,000-item collection. Siobhan Reid, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 This all-day cafe and bakery from Blood Bros. BBQ and pastry chef Alyssa Dole is set to open in early August. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 June 2022 Willa purchased two lots by the sand in Manhattan Beach and ran a popular lodge, cafe and dance hall that lent a rare welcome to Black beachgoers. Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of café


1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café


French café coffee, café, from Turkish kahve — more at coffee

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9 Aug 2022

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“Café.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for café


variants: also cafe \ ka-​ˈfā , kə-​ \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals


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