caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn How to pronounce caffeine (audio) , ˈka-ˌfēn \

Definition of caffeine

: a bitter alkaloid C8H10N4O2 found especially in coffee, tea, cacao, and kola nuts and used medicinally as a stimulant and diuretic

Examples of caffeine in a Sentence

Her doctor told her to avoid caffeine.
Recent Examples on the Web And for some sensitive people, the amount of caffeine in chocolate can throw off sleep. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 My ability to operate on all cylinders is not possible without copious amounts of caffeine. Chloe Melas, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 If that’s the case, there may be nothing better than a caffeine fix. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 24 Dec. 2021 Everyone posted selfies of themselves, Black Rifle’s Coffee beans in one hand and a steaming mug of caffeine in the other. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Dec. 2021 Even dietary products like 5-Hour Energy shots have a significant ingredient overlap with multivitamins—although, presumably, your multi doesn’t also include more than 200mg of caffeine. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 Great for people who want a light energy boost, the matcha beverage has just 45 milligrams of caffeine and is intended to help enhance your focus throughout the day. Samantha Jones, PEOPLE.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Favorite eateries and their restorative dishes and drinks get shoutouts — along with caffeine and ibuprofen. Autumn Thatcher, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 Reconsider your daily caffeine intake, as the substance may help some people with migraine but trigger an attack in others. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of caffeine

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caffeine

German Kaffein, from Kaffee coffee, from French café

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The first known use of caffeine was circa 1823

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18 Jan 2022

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“Caffeine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caffeine. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for caffeine

caffeine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caffeine

: a substance that is found especially in coffee and tea and that makes you feel more awake

caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn How to pronounce caffeine (audio) , ˈka-ˌfēn \

Kids Definition of caffeine

: a substance found especially in coffee and tea that makes a person feel more awake

caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn, ˈka-ˌ; ˈkaf-ē-ən How to pronounce caffeine (audio) \

Medical Definition of caffeine

: a bitter alkaloid C8H10N4O2 found especially in coffee, tea, and kola nuts and used medicinally as a stimulant and diuretic

Other Words from caffeine

caffeinic \ ka-​ˈfē-​nik How to pronounce caffeine (audio) , ˌkaf-​ē-​ˈin-​ik How to pronounce caffeine (audio) \ adjective

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