variants: also cafe

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1 a bar or restaurant offering special nighttime entertainment (as music, dancing, or comedy acts)
  • the café presents nationally known jazz performers in an intimate setting

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2 a place of business where alcoholic beverages are sold to be consumed on the premises
  • a speakeasy that became a fashionable café with the repeal of prohibition

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3 a public establishment where meals are served to paying customers for consumption on the premises
  • they met at a little café in Paris

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The first known use of café was in 1802

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“Café.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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