Definition of coffee
1a : a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plantb : any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is preparedc : coffee seeds especially roasted and often ground — compare arabica, robustad : a dehydrated product made from brewed coffee instant coffee; also : a beverage made from this
2 : a cup of coffee two coffees
3 : coffee hour
Examples of coffee in a Sentence
I bought a pound of coffee.
Recent Examples of coffee from the Web
Mars also provided free Snickers ice cream during the ceremony and the Burr Ridge Police Department offered water, coffee cake, bananas and oranges.
Instead of a hand or clasp, the gripper is a balloon filled with styrofoam pellets and coffee grounds that conforms to objects and holds them tight when air is suctioned out.
If an alcoholic person goes from drinking a bottle of wine every day to drinking a bottle that’s been half replaced with coffee, that would seem like an improvement.
In a modest bungalow on the opposite side of the city, Paul Walsh had coffee and toast with butter.
Thanks to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938, the cake was traditionally nothing more than buttermilk, vinegar, cocoa powder, and coffee, with plenty of red dye.
While the Chaser Cafe was designed primarily with coffee drinkers in mind, the tumbler also can be used for cold beverages.
Breakfast includes blueberry or chocolate pancakes, along with sausage, coffee and juice.
In an hour one afternoon earlier this week, over coffee, Lael spent roughly 55 minutes smiling and the other five laughing.
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Did You Know?
Coffee is made from the roasted and ground seeds, or beans, of the coffee plant, a tropical evergreen shrub. Two of the 25 or more species, Arabica and Robusta, supply most of the world's coffee. Arabica is grown in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Indonesia; Robusta mainly in Africa. The shrub bears small white flowers with a jasmine-like fragrance. The fruit, which is red when mature, is called a cherry. The seed is called a bean. Coffee contains large amounts of caffeine, whose effects have always been an important element in the drink's popularity. Coffee-drinking dates from the 15th century in Arabia. It reached Europe by the 17th century and immediately became popular. Coffee is consumed by about one-third of the world's population.
Origin and Etymology of coffee
Italian & Turkish; Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
COFFEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coffee for English Language Learners
: a dark brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water
: coffee beans
COFFEE Defined for Kids
Definition of coffee for Students
1 : a drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical plant
2 : the roasted seeds of the coffee plant when whole or ground
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