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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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  • I went to dine this evening in an estaminet in the Faubourg St. Antoine.

  • We were billeted at an estaminet that had copped it pretty thick.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Outside an estaminet was a horse and cart partly across the road, and just sufficiently blocking it.

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • Just behind and in rear was an estaminet run by two French girls.

  • An estaminet has jumped up like a weed beside the ruins but it has little trade.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • One of these houses was untenanted when we were there, and the other was an estaminet.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
  • A woman showed me on an estaminet floor the blood-stains of her own baby butchered before her eyes.

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

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Major Fraser, though he never dined there, spent an hour or two daily in the estaminet du Divan to read the papers.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • It appeared that he had gone into the estaminet opposite with four friends.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
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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