café au lait

ca·​fé au lait | \ (ˌ)ka-ˈfā-ō-ˈlā How to pronounce café au lait (audio) \

Definition of café au lait

1 : coffee with usually hot milk in about equal parts
2 : the color of coffee with milk

Examples of café au lait in a Sentence

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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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“Café au lait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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