café

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

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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 For adults, the line has segregated an area called Quiet Cove with an infinity pool at the rear of the ship alongside whirlpool spa, bar and cafe. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Cruise Line reveals details of new Port Canaveral-bound Disney Wish," 29 Apr. 2021 However, that culture is starting to change, says Hannah Tarawally, founder of Coffee Courier, a coffee producer and cafe in the country's capital, Freetown. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, "Forgotten for half a century, this rare bean could save Sierra Leone's coffee industry," 29 Apr. 2021 Residents and local businesses, including Nami vegan cafe and Ollie Vaughn's restaurant, have begun rallying on Instagram to save the building, urging people to contact District 4 Councilmember Laura Pastor. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This Phoenix gem could be demolished to make way for a Raising Cane's: What we know so far," 28 Apr. 2021 France intends to gradually reopen nonessential shops, some of its cultural venues and cafe and restaurant terraces starting from mid-May. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "France reopens schools as virus patients numbers peak," 26 Apr. 2021 Michael has been popping up at Libertine Bar on Saturdays in Oakland, but will soon be serving up mana’eesh at Lulu, her new California Palestinian restaurant and cafe opening in May in Berkeley. Omar Mamoon, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area's next wave of pizza pop-ups has arrived. Here's where to go," 23 Apr. 2021 Seven Sisters Scones, a bakery and cafe in Johns Creek, Georgia, has struggled to find staffers not only because of unemployment benefits, but because parents need to be home with their children, co-owner Hala Haider says. BostonGlobe.com, "Businesses scramble for help as would-be workers stay home," 21 Apr. 2021 Seven Sisters Scones, a bakery and cafe in Johns Creek, Georgia, has struggled to find staffers not only because of unemployment benefits, but because parents need to be home with their children, co-owner Hala Haider says. Joyce M. Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Help wanted: Job openings go unfilled as businesses struggle to find workers," 21 Apr. 2021 The new corner store and cafe in Koreatown aims to be by — and for — the community, and its food is an ode to the L.A. flavors that have influenced it. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The Chauvin verdicts," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of café

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café

Noun

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

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5 May 2021

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“Café.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caf%C3%A9. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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café

noun

English Language Learners Definition of café

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

café

noun
ca·​fé
variants: also cafe \ ka-​ˈfā , kə-​ \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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