café au lait


ca·​fé au lait (ˌ)ka-ˈfā-ō-ˈlā How to pronounce café au lait (audio)
: coffee with usually hot milk in about equal parts
: the color of coffee with milk

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That note carries over into a wonderfully fruity palate, dominated by ripe plum and cherry flavors that intermingle with orange, vanilla, caramel apple, and cafe au lait. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 18 June 2021 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,, 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, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History


French, coffee with milk

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of café au lait was in 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Café au lait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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