café

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noun

ca·​fé ka-ˈfā How to pronounce café (audio)
kə-
variants or less commonly cafe
often attributive
1
: a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee)
broadly : restaurant
2
3

CAFE

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abbreviation

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
At the Tel Aviv cafe, Adar wants something sweet for brunch. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The cafe is small, unassuming yet full of a certain kind of confidence. Lisa Donovan, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 The cafe had not returned an email for comment as of Wednesday morning. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 7 Feb. 2024 While business has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, the cafe’s sales are in good shape, Robinson told this news organization. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 After completing the demo Silver and Cook walked down a set of wooden bleachers into what is normally the NBA employee cafe. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 Spa services include massage, facials, hair and nails are available, in addition to a pro shop and cafe. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 2 Feb. 2024 Teams often work through the night to ensure a smooth show, or editors and writers stop by a cafe to quickly write a review of one show only to run to the next when done. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Feb. 2024 So his cafe became the first in the industry to sell them on the menu as calf fries. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of café was in 1802

Dictionary Entries Near café

Cite this Entry

“Café.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caf%C3%A9. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

café

noun
ca·​fé
variants also cafe
ka-ˈfā How to pronounce café (audio)
kə-
1
: a usually small restaurant
2
3
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