plural bistros
: a small or unpretentious restaurant
: a small bar or tavern

Example Sentences

a bistro in Paris that serves veal chops and hearty stews a section of the city populated with casual bistros offering entertainment to suit nearly every taste
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, the infamous restaurateur Keith McNally posted an Instagram detailing Corden’s extremely unfunny behavior toward staff members at Balthazar, his downtown French bistro. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2022 From casual counter service hot chicken to a fancy French bistro that serve snails in a historic building, 'tis the season to time to try something new. Felicia Campbell And Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2022 Nineteen restaurants participated, including Max’s Grille, a veteran American bistro in Mizner Park. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 And beef tartare can be found in any millennial-courting French bistro in the country. Luke Winkie, Bon Appétit, 31 Aug. 2022 This small bistro table and chairs received coats of bright green and turquoise paint to create a cheerful outdoor dining area. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2022 Local bistro Little Beast provides an assortment of pizza and brunch food. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 The bistro set comes with two foldable chairs and a table that are ideal for a small brunch or a glass of wine with a loved one. Sanah Faroke,, 10 July 2022 The Nines opened in January in a space above Acme bistro. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bistro was in 1919

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a small or modest restaurant

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