[ kaw-fee, kof-ee ]
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  1. a beverage consisting of a decoction or infusion of the roasted ground or crushed seeds (coffee beans ) of the two-seeded fruit (coffee berry ) of certain coffee trees.

  2. the seeds or fruit themselves.

  1. any tropical tree or shrub of the genus Coffea, of the madder family, especially C. arabica and C. canephora, cultivated commercially.: Compare Arabian coffee, robusta coffee.

  2. a cup of coffee: We ordered four coffees and three doughnuts.

  3. a social gathering at which coffee and other refreshments are served.

  4. medium to dark brown.


Origin of coffee

1590–1600; <Italian caffè<Turkish kahve<Arabic qahwah

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British Dictionary definitions for coffee


/ (ˈkɒfɪ) /

    • a drink consisting of an infusion of the roasted and ground or crushed seeds of the coffee tree

    • (as modifier): coffee grounds

  1. Also called: coffee beans the beanlike seeds of the coffee tree, used to make this beverage

  1. short for coffee tree

    • a medium to dark brown colour

    • (as adjective): a coffee carpet

  2. wake up and smell the coffee See wake 1 (def. 7)

Origin of coffee

C16: from Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwah coffee

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