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demitasse

[dem-i-tas, -tahs]
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noun
  1. a small cup for serving strong black coffee after dinner.
  2. the coffee contained in such a cup.
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Origin of demitasse

1835–45; < French: literally, half-cup
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Examples from the Web for demitasse

Historical Examples

  • Nothing but some ice cream and a demitasse for me, declared Ronny.

    Marjorie Dean, College Senior

    Pauline Lester

  • She dropped a lump of sugar in her demitasse and threw her host a bright smile across the table.

  • Mr. Ellins gets left again when he calls for a demitasse after the tapioca pudding.

    Torchy

    Sewell Ford

  • Miss Liz presently asked—for dinner at the Colonel's was of the farm variety which scorned the demitasse.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris


British Dictionary definitions for demitasse

demitasse

noun
  1. a small cup used to serve coffee, esp after a meal
  2. the coffee itself
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Word Origin

C19: French, literally: half-cup
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Word Origin and History for demitasse

n.

also demi-tasse, 1842, from French, literally "half-cup," from demi- + tasse, an Old French borrowing from Arabic tassah, from Persian tasht "cup, saucer" (cf. Italian tazza, Spanish taza "cup").

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