café noir

noun
ca·​fé noir | \ (ˌ)ka-ˈfā-ˈnwär How to pronounce café noir (audio) \

Definition of café noir

: coffee without milk or cream also : demitasse

First Known Use of café noir

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for café noir

French, black coffee

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“Café noir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caf%C3%A9%20noir. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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