noun, often attributive
ca·​fé | \ ka-ˈfā, 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 \

Definition of CAFE (Entry 2 of 2)

corporate average fuel economy

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Examples of café in a Sentence


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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Later on, they were seen getting emotional again in a cafe in the city, according to more photos on TMZ. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Were Seen Crying Together and Now We're Crying," 7 Aug. 2018 The six women who work in the cafe are overseen by a corrections officer and manager. Karen Farkas,, "'Comeback Cafe' provides job skills for women nearing release from prison," 23 Apr. 2018 Take a smoothie break at El Patio del Sole, an indoor-outdoor cafe filled with art and vintage furniture (718 Calle Cerra, 787-225-0967). Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 By the early 2000s, many of those diners and cafes had disappeared. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018 The eight-story space, which includes Siriano's design atelier and offices, also boasts an outdoor garden cafe. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Christian Siriano's Ultra-Glam, Ultra-Dreamy New York Concept Store," 4 Oct. 2018 The look and feel might be described as French-ish American, with a menu influenced by European cafes. Michael Klein,, "Louie Louie, an American bistro, opens in University City," 9 July 2018 The series features renowned jazz musicians and vocalists performing free concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 10 at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, which opened last year and features a stage, seating and outdoor cafe. Susan Gill Vardon,, "Segerstrom Center for the Arts offers outdoor summertime jazz concerts," 3 July 2018 Several lower-level rooms across the back of the former community center are being renovated into an industrial kitchen, teen center and cafe. Mark Curnutte,, "Reds Community Fund to take big swing at renovating old Jewish Community Center site," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of café

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


variants: also cafe \ ka-​ˈfā, kə-​ \

Kids Definition of café

: a small restaurant serving usually simple meals

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