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[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊs, ˈkɒf i-/
noun, plural coffeehouses
[kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
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.
verb (used without object), coffeehoused [kaw-fee-houzd, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊzd, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA), coffeehousing [kaw-fee-hou-zing, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪŋ, ˈkɒf i-/ (Show IPA)
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
First recorded in 1605-15; coffee + house
Related forms
coffeehouser, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I will tell you presently, but let us go into a coffeehouse.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then sometimes our club has a real party in the coffeehouse.

    Heroines of Service Mary Rosetta Parkman
  • He had played briscola with peasants in a coffeehouse of Fiesole.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • The story is again taken up in a coffeehouse in Vienna where Bollman is accustomed to go.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • Certainly there were a great many people down there round about Lloyd's coffeehouse!

    Somehow Good William de Morgan

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