café

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noun, often attributive ca·fé \ ka-ˈfā , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cafe

Definition of café

1 :a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee); broadly :restaurant
2 :barroom

Examples of café in a Sentence

  1. the café presents nationally known jazz performers in an intimate setting

  2. a speakeasy that became a fashionable café with the repeal of prohibition

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Origin and Etymology of café

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

café Synonyms

Synonyms
bistro, boîte, cabaret, nightclub (also cafe), club, nightspot, nitery (also niterie), roadhouse, supper club
Related Words
a-go-go, disco, discotheque (or discothéque); barroom, pub [chiefly British], public house [chiefly British], saloon, tavern; clip joint [slang], dive, honky-tonk, key club, speakeasy; canteen, watering hole, watering place

CAFE

abbreviation

Definition of CAFE

corporate average fuel economy

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CAFÉ Defined for English Language Learners

café

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Definition of café for English Language Learners

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


CAFÉ Defined for Kids

café

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

Definition of café for Students

:a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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