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[dem-i-tas, -tahs] /ˈdɛm ɪˌtæs, -ˌtɑs/
a small cup for serving strong black coffee after dinner.
the coffee contained in such a cup.
Origin of demitasse
1835-45; < French: literally, half-cup Unabridged
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  • Miss Liz presently asked—for dinner at the Colonel's was of the farm variety which scorned the demitasse.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • Nothing but some ice cream and a demitasse for me, declared Ronny.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for demitasse


/ˈdɛmɪˌtæs; French dəmitɑs/
a small cup used to serve coffee, esp after a meal
the coffee itself
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: half-cup
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Word Origin and History for demitasse

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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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