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

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For brunch, go to the Austin Motel’s breezy new diner-style cafe. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 Along the shaded, boutique storefronts and cafes in Poblado, the only bodily fluid being spilled is the vomit of inebriated foreigners. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Fontaine gets emotional when discussing the November 2015 extremist attacks that targeted a concert hall and a soccer stadium as well as cafes, leaving 130 people dead. Time, "Paris Bistros and Terraces Seek UN Protected Status," 11 June 2018 Pedestrian-friendly lanes — punctuated with picturesque squares and courtyards — are made for ambling, window-shopping and cafe lingering. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 While visiting Number 7, a cafe and supermarket for low-income communities, Meghan chatted with another mom-to-be about their pregnancies. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Talks About Her Due Date and the Sex of Her Baby," 14 Jan. 2019 In addition to showcasing handbags and other wares from Hindmarch’s new collection, the event incorporated a cloud-theme cafe and pop-up shop, guided meditations and bedtime stories read by model Poppy Delevingne. Fox News, "London Fashion Week featured 'Chubby Cloud' for tired trendsetters to sleep on," 18 Sep. 2018 The number of jobs at cafes and specialty snack stores (like ice cream shops) grew by 12 percent, nearly twice the growth in the fast-food sector, which alone has created about 270,000 jobs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New iPhones and more: It’s Apple launch day," 12 Sep. 2018 Tourism is the lifeblood of the tribe's economy, with many residents making a living by working in the area's lodge, cafe and small store, or packing camping gear onto the backs of mules headed up and down an eight-mile trail. Felicia Fonseca And Alina Hartounian, chicagotribune.com, "Flash flood sends tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon," 13 July 2018

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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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The first known use of café was in 1802

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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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