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
\ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce CAFE (audio) \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

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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 use of the cafe's breezeway furniture was later used as the basis for the charges filed against Kraja. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Charges dropped against Fountain Hills restaurant owner cited for allowing on-site dining," 30 June 2020 Some closed specifically to protect their staffs and customers from getting sick, including the Monte Vista Italian restaurant Barbaro and the Southtown Asian cafe Hot Joy, both owned by restaurateur Chad Carey. Paul Stephen,, "Texas bar shutdown likely dooms many San Antonio-area bars," 26 June 2020 Even while working at the French Culinary Institute, Mr. Schorner commuted to Washington every Friday to roll dough for croissants at his Georgetown cafe. Emily Heil,, "Dieter Schorner, acclaimed pastry chef who revived creme brulee, dies at 83," 24 June 2020 The park has also implemented a cashless food service in their cafe. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Urban Air Trampoline Park reopens under new management, safety protocols," 23 June 2020 The crowd walked west in the middle of Division Street, past the original Stumptown cafe and Kim Jong Grillin’ food cart, where chef Han Ly Hwang was filming the march. oregonlive, "Grand restaurant (re)opening: What was it like eating out on Portland first night in Phase 1?," 20 June 2020 Locals are helping to keep the cafe afloat, but tourists, which make up 70% of sales, are nowhere to be seen. Elena Popina,, "As Lockdown Lifts, New York City Still Longs for Its Old Self," 11 June 2020 Some smaller spaces within the museum, along its cafe, may remain closed. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Guide to when Cleveland-area entertainment options, museums, more are opening," 9 June 2020 How does one maintain social distancing in a bookstore with a cafe? Priyanka Malhotra, Quartz India, "The story of Delhi’s iconic bookstore that lost its battle against Covid-19," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of café was in 1802

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Café.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce CAFE (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of café

: a small restaurant where you can get simple meals and drinks (such as coffee)


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

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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