de·​caf | \ˈdē-ˌkaf \

Definition of decaf 

: decaffeinated coffee

Examples of decaf in a Sentence

Would you like regular coffee or decaf? Can I have a decaf, please?

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Some of us do not drink coffee at all, only tea, and would prefer decaf after 5 or 6 in the evening, just as many people prefer/require decaf coffee in the evening. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate celery!," 4 July 2018 And even better — this protection applies to coffee consumers of any kind, including decaf and instant coffee fans. Julie Mazziotta,, "Coffee Drinkers Are Less Likely to Die Early, Says New Study," 3 July 2018 That finding, combined with the apparent longevity-boosting effect of decaf coffee, suggests that caffeine isn’t the life-lengthening mechanism at work in java, Loftfield said. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Drinking Coffee May Help You Live Longer, Study Says," 2 July 2018 Take a breath, collect yourself, maybe switch to decaf to calm the nerves. Luke Darby, GQ, "Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits He Met With Russians During the Campaign but Says It's the FBI's Fault," 17 June 2018 My typical brew is 2 bags of decaf tea + 2 bags Chai flavored tea bags. Alex Van Buren,, "5 Ways to Use Your Instant Pot Instead of Your Stove (and Keep You Kitchen Cooler All Summer)," 13 June 2018 Evidently, like purveyors of fine decaf, Lexus knows a less-potent hybrid can suit the contrasting tastes of performance and efficiency. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Lexus LC500h review: How to neuter a sports car into a hybrid," 27 Mar. 2018 Surprisingly, coffee and decaf java are also on the list. Len Canter,, "Using diet to stave off diabetes," 14 May 2018 Time is passed with arts and crafts, exercise, group therapy sessions and smoking cigarettes while drinking decaf coffee (caffeine, a drug, isn’t allowed). Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "4 Hospitalizations, 3 Diagnoses, 2 Scared Parents and 1 Very Sad Woman," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of decaf

: coffee that does not contain caffeine : decaffeinated coffee

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