café au lait

[ kaf-ey oh ley, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey oh le ]
/ ˈkæf eɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˈfeɪ, kə-; French ka feɪ oʊ ˈlɛ /


hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk.
a light brown color.

Origin of café au lait

1755–65; < French: literally, coffee with milk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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
/ French (kafe o lɛ) /


coffee with milk
  1. a light brown colour
  2. (as modifier)café-au-lait brocade
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