- a bistro or small café.
Origin of estaminet
Examples from the Web for estaminet
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.With a Reservist in France
F. A. Bolwell
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
- a small café, bar, or bistro, esp a shabby one
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.)).