noun, often capitalized
kaf·​fee·​klatsch | \ ˈkȯ-fē-ˌklach How to pronounce kaffeeklatsch (audio) , ˈkä-fē-, -ˌkläch How to pronounce kaffeeklatsch (audio) , -ˌkləch \

Definition of kaffeeklatsch

: an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation

Examples of kaffeeklatsch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along Arthur Avenue, boisterous banter and affection on stoops or in cafes have largely been replaced: nods over kisses and kaffeeklatsches tethered by windowsills like Ellis Island-era laundry. Washington Post, "New York’s Italian Americans, now at U.S. epicenter, relive the heartache felt as virus ravaged families overseas," 13 Apr. 2020 Viertel, an actress and screenwriter, didn’t limit herself to fellow German-speakers; Charlie Chaplin and Harpo Marx were also frequent guests at her Sunday kaffeeklatsches. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘The Sun and Her Stars’ Review: Weimar in Hollywood," 24 Jan. 2020 As night falls, reservation holders will file in for a tasting-menu dinner (there’s a 6:00 p.m. and a 9:00 p.m. seating), and kaffeeklatsch turns into a cocktail hour. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At Gem, Chef Flynn McGarry Serves a Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Meat Beet," 2 Apr. 2018 This wave of restaurants isn’t marked merely by longer hours; it is distinguished by genre-bending flexibility, catering to those seeking a variety of options that include kaffeeklatsches, salads on the go and sit-down dinners. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 22 Dec. 2017 But under fire for the all-male panel, Mr. McConnell reduced it to little more than a kaffeeklatsch, open to anyone who wanted to come by and chat health care. Jennifer Steinhauer, Glenn Thrush And Robert Pear, New York Times, "How the Senate Health Care Bill Failed: G.O.P. Divisions and a Fed-Up President," 18 July 2017 New mothers who don’t enjoy socializing in kaffeeklatsch-style groups can be left without a support system. Sarah Deweerdt, The Atlantic, "The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent With Autism," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of kaffeeklatsch

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaffeeklatsch

German, from Kaffee coffee + Klatsch gossip

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“Kaffeeklatsch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaffeeklatsch. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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