café au lait

noun
ca·​fé au lait | \(ˌ)ka-ˈfā-ō-ˈlā \

Definition of café au lait 

1 : coffee with usually hot milk in about equal parts

2 : the color of coffee with milk

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Meg and Charles Wallace look and act eerily like my 12-year-old niece and 6-year-old nephew, right down to their cafe au lait complexions. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Ignore the critics: Take your children to see 'A Wrinkle in Time' | Elizabeth Wellington," 13 Mar. 2018 Do still go to Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone and Cafe Du Monde, and definitely order the frozen cafe au lait at the latter. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit New Orleans," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of café au lait

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café au lait

French, coffee with milk

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