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[es-ta-mee-ne] /ɛs ta miˈnɛ/
noun, plural estaminets
[es-ta-mee-ne] /ɛs ta miˈnɛ/ (Show IPA).
a bistro or small café.
Origin of estaminet
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for estaminet
Historical Examples
  • The hole in the hedge and the estaminet beyond was all that saved him.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • We were billeted at an estaminet that had copped it pretty thick.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Just behind and in rear was an estaminet run by two French girls.

  • One of these houses was untenanted when we were there, and the other was an estaminet.

    The Spell of Flanders

    Edward Neville Vose
  • The man had been drinking last night at the estaminet up there.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • It appeared that he had gone into the estaminet opposite with four friends.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • But when they left the estaminet the woman came shrieking into the street after them.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • They came to Amiens, and hired the estaminet and set up business.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • He bought a bottle of wine at the estaminet, and got aboard the train for Paris.


    Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • But at present I'm clean and billeted in an estaminet, in a not too bad little village.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for estaminet


a small café, bar, or bistro, esp a shabby one
Word Origin
C19: from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger
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Word Origin and History for estaminet

1814, from French, "a café in which smoking is allowed" (17c.), of unknown origin; some suggest a connection to French estamine, a type of open woolen fabric used for making sieves, etc., from Latin stamineus "made of thread." Or from Walloon stamen "post to which a cow is tied at a feeding trough," from Proto-Germanic *stamniz (see stem (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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