- a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
- (in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for a particular purpose, as for informal discussions or card playing.
- Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
- Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.
Origin of coffeehouse
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- a place where coffee is served, esp one that was a fashionable meeting place in 18th-century London
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