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café au lait

[kaf-ey oh ley, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey oh le] /ˈkæf eɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˈfeɪ, kə-; French ka feɪ oʊ ˈlɛ/
hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk.
a light brown color.
Origin of café au lait
1755-65; < French: literally, coffee with milk Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cafe au lait
Contemporary Examples
  • She strutted down the red carpet the color of cafe au lait—except for her white ears and the big white spots behind them.

Historical Examples
  • Hear you're no end of a choice thing with the cafe au lait gang.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • As to your meals, I could provide your cafe au lait in the morning, but I can't undertake to cook for you.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • Ever since a child she had always been in the habit of jumping out of bed as soon as she had drunk her cafe au lait.

    The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8) Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
  • I will have to dig a tunnel through your neckties to see if you have a cafe au lait or a cafe chanteuse in the trunk.

  • We walked across and, entering the flagged kitchen, asked for "cafe au lait."

  • The head was small and the body flattened, the legs were long and slender, the skin fine, and the hair the color of cafe au lait.

British Dictionary definitions for cafe au lait

café au lait

/kafe o lɛ/
coffee with milk
  1. a light brown colour
  2. (as modifier): café-au-lait brocade
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Word Origin and History for cafe au lait

1763, French café au lait, literally "coffee with milk," from lait "milk" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin lactis, from Latin lactis (see lactation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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