de·​caf | \ ˈdē-ˌkaf How to pronounce decaf (audio) \

Definition of decaf

: decaffeinated coffee

Examples of decaf in a Sentence

Would you like regular coffee or decaf? Can I have a decaf, please?
Recent Examples on the Web Spiked coffees are also a popular offering in many bars and lounges and those made with decaf make the perfect nightcap. Brittany Chrusciel, USA TODAY, "Get the most out of your cruise beverage package by using it for these 8 drinks," 26 Dec. 2019 My mother brought her a cup of decaf and sat in the club chair closest to her. Camille Bordas, The New Yorker, "Only Orange," 16 Dec. 2019 Take a large mug and add eight ounces hot coffee (regular or decaf), four ounces reduced fat milk (or unsweetened almond, soy or your choice), one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, one teaspoon sugar (or low calorie sweetener). 3. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "4 healthier (and just as tasty!) pumpkin spice latte alternatives," 26 Sep. 2019 That’s right, folks: There is caffeine in your decaf. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Turns Out Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine, Which Feels Like a Betrayal," 29 Aug. 2019 The Buddy Walk coffee — a blend of two South American beans — comes in regular, decaf, and dark roast. Mary Grace Keller,, "Furnace Hills Coffee in Westminster serves ‘special coffee roasted by special people,’ raises funds for Down syndrome," 21 Oct. 2019 Coffee, tea, decaf and iced tea are included with the meal. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Murder mystery fundraiser invites locals to solve ‘whodunnit’; cornhole tournament," 4 Sep. 2019 The study found decaf drinkers had a 7% higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease as well. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Is coffee healthy or not? Here's how much you should drink — and how much is too much," 24 Aug. 2019 My biggest issue is the inconvenience decaf causes. Jim Gaffigan, CBS News, "Jim Gaffigan: Decaf coffee is un-American," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of decaf

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decaf

short for decaffeinated

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8 Jan 2020

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“Decaf.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of decaf

: coffee that does not contain caffeine : decaffeinated coffee

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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