pousse-ca·​fé ˌpüs-(ˌ)ka-ˈfā How to pronounce pousse-café (audio)
: an after-dinner drink consisting of several liqueurs of different colors and specific gravities poured so as to remain in separate layers

Word History


French, literally, coffee chaser

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pousse-café was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Pousse-café.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pousse-caf%C3%A9. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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