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
2 : barroom
\ ka-ˈfā How to pronounce CAFE (audio) \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 Expect to spend at least two to three hours at the Booth, which has both a gift shop and cafe for sandwiches, salads, burgers and desserts. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Patriotic, militaristic music blares from the speakers of every restaurant and cafe. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 There truly isn’t a bad time to visit this all-day vegan coffee shop and cafe in the Museum District, helmed by husband and wife duo Courtney and Chasitie Lindsay. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 Mar. 2022 CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery Is CommonWealth a bakery, a bar, a cafe or a coffee shop? Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2022 The addition of the bar and cafe — which serves beloved Asian snacks such as red bean buns, sesame balls and sweet butter loaves — fulfills that purpose. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Twin Lakes Resort features 14 cabins, RV sites, a full restaurant, cafe, boat rentals and a general store stocked with supplies. oregonlive, 7 Nov. 2021 Connected to the cafe will be the hotel's signature restaurant, Parisian Steakhouse. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2022 In place of coffee, people would go to a cafe and eat a small amount of magic mushrooms, perhaps combined with yoga or meditation. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of café


1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for café


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

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17 May 2022

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“Café.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for café


variants: also cafe \ ka-​ˈfā , kə-​ \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals


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