coffee break


: a short period for rest and refreshments

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The resort hosts a Kids Club for keeping younger family members entertained, and in lieu of the traditional afternoon coffee break, the hotel offers a guacamole and chips break for a 3 p.m. fix, not only for snacking but distanced socializing. Rachel King, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2020 But, when the Internet gets in a frenzy, common sense tends to go on a coffee break. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2023 Colin Farrell takes a coffee break while filming Sugar in Los Angeles on Aug. 25. People Staff, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2022 Will a tablespoon of cream in my coffee break my fast? Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2023 During a coffee break, Janki spied a special adviser to the president, Lakeram Chatarpaul, standing alone outside of the conference room. Antonia Juhasz, WIRED, 20 Dec. 2022 And what followed the salvo fired on Wednesday morning in eastern Ukraine was also indicative of the rhythm of this war: a coffee break. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2022 In many ways, social media is an extension of water cooler talk or a coffee break, but with a broader reach. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 So put on your cozy ’fit and venture out for a short walk, a midday coffee break, or a quick errand—drizzly day be damned (as long as it’s safe, of course). Julia Ries, SELF, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coffee break was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Coffee break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

coffee break

: a short period of time for rest and refreshments
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