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
2 : barroom
\ 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

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In the meantime, reports on royal memorabilia being sold nearby, restaurants and pubs running royal baby themed competitions, bookmakers' odds, and any other relevant information are filed from cafes or broadcast from hotel rooms or the street. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Royal Baby Watch: Windsor—and the World—Holds Its Breath," 4 May 2019 Advertising Parents and public health officials raised concerns that cannabis cafes would normalize marijuana use among teens and weaken the state’s public health laws. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Key deadline means end of the road for hundreds of bills," 11 Apr. 2019 The 1 bedroom home, built in the 1890s, is situated in uptown Kingston, a short walk away from the town's restaurants, shops, and cafes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 From simple, medium-weight grommet curtains to half-length sheer cafe curtains, there are endless options to choose from. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Local reaction to the closure has been one of surprise, evident in the groups of Berkeley residents who could be seen milling outside the cafe Friday morning as news of the closure spread. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley coffee shop at center of 2015 racial incident abruptly closes," 20 Apr. 2018 Last week, Courtney got an 8 p.m. text from the frantic owner of a local cafe who heard rumors that O’Rourke planned to hold a campaign event at her business the next day. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "O’Rourke’s casual style to be tested by national campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 Today, her art lines the walls of the cafe for patrons to buy. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "'No one can stop me': Afghan artist Sughra Hussainy on women's rights and change through art," 3 July 2018 Within the last year, Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre went from painting bathrooms in a hipster coffee shop, the exterior of a gritty local bar and a school bus outside of a vegan cafe to a playground for toddlers. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Young At Art opens new early childhood playground," 3 July 2018

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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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café

noun

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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