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[ka-fey, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪ, kə- or especially for 4, French kaˈfeɪ/
noun, plural cafés
[ka-feyz, kuh- or especially for 4,French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪz, kə- or especially for 4,French kaˈfeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.
Origin of café
1780-90; < French: literally, coffee
1, 2. coffeehouse, bistro, lunchroom, tearoom.


[ka-fey, kuh-] /kæˈfeɪ, kə-/
a U.S. federally mandated standard of average minimum miles-per-gallon fuel consumption for all the cars produced by an automobile manufacturer in a given year.
C(orporate) A(verage) F(uel) E(conomy) Unabridged
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  • "Hold a press-conference," is what Ange said, as we sat in the cafe near her place that evening.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • When the Galleries were shut I was very tired, so I went into a cafe, and had some beer.

  • We just lit off down a side street an' got into a little cafe an' went in back an' had a hell of a lot o' cafe o' lay.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • We supped at the cafe Bignon; toasts were carried; I also was carried home.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • The negro sped away and returned with the proprietor of the cafe, a stout Kabyle with a fair skin and blue eyes.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for cafe


/ˈkæfeɪ; ˈkæfɪ/
a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
(South African) a corner shop or grocer
Word Origin
C19: from French: coffee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cafe

1802, from French café "coffee, coffeehouse," from Italian caffe "coffee" (see coffee). The beverage was introduced in Venice by 1615 and in France from 1650s by merchants and travelers who had been to Turkey and Egypt. The first public café might have been the one opened in Marseilles in 1660.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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