café

noun, often attributive
ca·​fé | \ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce café (audio) , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cafe

Definition of café

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee) broadly : restaurant
\ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce CAFE (audio) \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

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Examples of café in a Sentence

Noun the café presents nationally known jazz performers in an intimate setting a speakeasy that became a fashionable café with the repeal of prohibition
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not so in Tel Aviv, where Friday nights bring crowds to the cafes and bars lining Rabin Square and Rothschild Boulevard, and the clubs and eateries of bohemian Florentin overflow into the wee hours with hipsters whose beards rival any Hasid’s. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Defying the rabbis, Tel Aviv rolls out Sabbath bus service," 11 Jan. 2020 Not so in Tel Aviv, where Friday nights bring crowds to the cafes and bars lining Rabin Square and Rothschild Boulevard, and the clubs and eateries of bohemian Florentin overflow into the wee hours with hipsters whose beards rival any Hasid’s. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Defying the Rabbis, Tel Aviv Rolls Out Sabbath Bus Service," 10 Jan. 2020 The more than 130,000-square-foot facility will house a full-service spa, cafe and daycare center. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Katy's new VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa looking to hire more than 250 positions," 9 Jan. 2020 The restaurant, named for the famed Japanese cypress, will take up the space at 4529 S.E. Division St. sandwiched between chef John Gorham’s Tasty N Daughters and the original Stumptown cafe and is backed by Gorham’s Toro Bravo restaurant group. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s best ramen shops heads for the ‘burbs, plus all the other big restaurant news for January 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 Jimtown primarily operates as a cafe and gourmet food shop, serving hearty sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Healdsburg’s Jimtown Store to close after 28 years," 5 Dec. 2019 During warm weather, Lee runs into problems getting around the West Loop because of sprawling outdoor cafes and carelessly parked electric scooters. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "If you’re disabled, accessing transit can be like solving a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces," 2 Dec. 2019 The royal family has shown its support for the community around Grenfell in several ways, with Meghan Markle helping create a cookbook for women running a cafe for residents, and Kate joining a Christmas party for families and helpers. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Makes Last-Minute Appearance Alongside Prince William to Launch New Charity," 7 Nov. 2019 Even though the city has plenty of independent coffee shops and cafes and some local chains, the brand cachet of Starbucks brought with it a frisson of excitement and global modernity that some South Africans crave. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "Starbucks has failed in South Africa so far but is set for a do over," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of café

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café

Noun

French café coffee, café, from Turkish kahve — more at coffee

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The first known use of café was in 1802

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Café.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cafe. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for café

café

noun
How to pronounce CAFE (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of café

: a small restaurant where you can get simple meals and drinks (such as coffee)

café

noun
ca·​fé
variants: also cafe \ ka-​ˈfā , kə-​ \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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