noun, often attributive cof·fee \ˈkȯ-fē, ˈkä-\

Definition of coffee

  1. 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. 2 :  a cup of coffee two coffees

  3. 3 :  coffee hour

Examples of coffee in a sentence

  1. I bought a pound of coffee.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of coffee

Italian & Turkish; Italian caffè, from Turkishkahve, from Arabic qahwa

First Known Use: 1598

COFFEE Defined for English Language Learners


noun, often attributive cof·fee \ˈkȯ-fē, ˈkä-\

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


noun cof·fee \ˈkȯ-fē\

Definition of coffee for Students

  1. 1 :  a drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical plant

  2. 2 :  the roasted seeds of the coffee plant when whole or ground

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