[ bis-troh; French bee-stroh ]
/ ˈbɪs troʊ; French biˈstroʊ /

noun, plural bis·tros [bis-trohz; French bee-stroh] /ˈbɪs troʊz; French biˈstroʊ/.

a small, modest, European-style restaurant or café.
a small nightclub or restaurant.


Origin of bistro

1920–25; < French bistro(t), orig. argot, first attested in the sense “proprietor of a tavern” (1884); of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bistro


/ (ˈbiːstrəʊ) /

noun plural -tros

a small restaurant

Word Origin for bistro

French: of obscure origin; perhaps from Russian bistro fast
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