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café au lait

[kaf-ey oh ley, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey oh le]
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  1. hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk.
  2. a light brown color.
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Origin of café au lait

1755–65; < French: literally, coffee with milk
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Related Words for cafe au lait

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Historical Examples of cafe au lait

  • Madame prepared her best omelet and cafe-au-lait and Monsieur opened his most prized bottle of Burgundy.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

British Dictionary definitions for cafe au lait

café au lait

  1. coffee with milk
    1. a light brown colour
    2. (as modifier)café-au-lait brocade
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Word Origin and History for cafe au lait


1763, French café au lait, literally "coffee with milk," from lait "milk" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin lactis, from Latin lactis (see lactation).

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