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

Examples of café au lait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It can also be served alongside cafe au lait if following the French tradition. Ronny Maye, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 Choose from almond, chocolate, pistachio, strawberry, blackberry citrus, vanilla, cafe au lait, and salted caramel. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 Baby blue eucalyptus has been in short supply recently, and the company has at various times had trouble stocking varieties of white garden roses, burgundy and cafe au lait dahlias, and a type of rose known as quicksand, which is popular for weddings, Chairman Red Kennicott said. Sarah Freishtat,, 30 Apr. 2021 Sweet and dense, it’s lovely dipped into a warm cafe au lait, or with a cup of hot tea. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 In the end, the cafe au lait-colored eggs, tofu and other morsels that absorbed the flavor (and color) of the stew could be enjoyed with the meal, or fished out as a delicious byproduct to enjoy separately. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 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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“Café au lait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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