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.

Origin of café au lait

1755–65; <French: literally, coffee with milk

Words Nearby café au lait Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use café au lait in a sentence

  • As to your meals, I could provide your cafe au lait in the morning, but I can't undertake to cook for you.

    No Surrender! | G. A. Henty
  • Ever since a child she had always been in the habit of jumping out of bed as soon as she had drunk her cafe au lait.

    The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8) | Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893

British Dictionary definitions for café au lait

café au lait

/ French (kafe o lɛ) /

  1. coffee with milk

    • a light brown colour

    • (as modifier): café-au-lait brocade

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