or ca·fe

[ ka-fey, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey ]
/ kæˈfeɪ, kə- or especially for 4, French kaˈfeɪ /

noun, plural ca·fés [ka-feyz, kuh- or especially for 4, French ka-fey] /kæˈfeɪz, kə- or especially for 4, French kaˈfeɪ/.

a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.

Origin of café

1780–90; < French: literally, coffee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for café

/ (ˈkæfeɪ, ˈkæfɪ) /


a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
Southern African a corner shop or grocer

Word Origin for café

C19: from French: coffee
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