bis·​tro | \ ˈbē-(ˌ)strō How to pronounce bistro (audio) , ˈbi- How to pronounce bistro (audio) \
plural bistros

Definition of bistro

1 : a small or unpretentious restaurant
2a : a small bar or tavern
b : nightclub

Examples of bistro in a Sentence

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 Bottle & Bean has a coffee shop and bistro as well as a private dining room just south of Queen Creek Road in Chandler. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Expected to open by April, Forest Lagoon's 1,300-square-meter complex includes a bistro, two infinity pools with swim-up bars, a cold pool and a sauna. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 The Kim family decided to open the bistro rather than let the site continue to sit empty. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2022 In New Jersey, the bistro Verve in the city of Somerville has the Khorty mule instead of the Moscow mule. Deanna Watson, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2022 The Palm Beach outpost of the Upper East Saint institution La Goulue opened in 2020, and locals immediately took to the French bistro serving delectable dishes like Scallops Saint-Jacques Rôties à la Plancha (shown here). Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 5 Feb. 2022 Inside the bistro there is seating for 165 and an outdoor patio, weather permitting, that seats 125. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2022 The neighborhood bistro from wife-husband team Anais and Antoine Lambert showcases multicultural Paris, with a menu that includes banh mi and injera crepes alongside onion soup and steak frites., 9 Nov. 2021 Walking to the boulangerie for a fresh croissant every morning and heading out to the local bistro in the evenings for an apéro and steak frites? Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bistro


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13 May 2022

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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