- 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.
- the seeds or fruit themselves.
- 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.
- a cup of coffee: We ordered four coffees and three doughnuts.
- a social gathering at which coffee and other refreshments are served.
- medium to dark brown.
Origin of coffee
Examples from the Web for coffee
There are parks filled with men pushing strollers and coffee shops where fathers meet their friends, babes in arms.
These are young fathers, rural farmers, usually growing banana or coffee or subsistence crops.
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
These villages used to harvest rubber, cacao, palm oil, and coffee beans.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Miss Avice won't be down, sir, and I'm to fetch her up a pot of coffee, sir.
"Another cup of coffee, Mrs. Davis," he said, passing his cup across the table.Brave and Bold
When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.
Hey, Scottie, shake up the fire and put on some coffee, will you?Way of the Lawless
The pouring of coffee may be done at the table or in the kitchen.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
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- a drink consisting of an infusion of the roasted and ground or crushed seeds of the coffee tree
- (as modifier)coffee grounds
- Also called: coffee beans the beanlike seeds of the coffee tree, used to make this beverage
- short for coffee tree
- a medium to dark brown colour
- (as adjective)a coffee carpet
- wake up and smell the coffee See wake 1 (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for coffee
c.1600, from Italian caffe, from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwah "coffee," said originally to have meant "wine," but perhaps rather from Kaffa region of Ethiopia, a home of the plant (coffee in Kaffa is called buno, which was borrowed into Arabic as bunn "raw coffee"). Much initial diversity of spelling, including chaoua.
Yemen was the first great coffee exporter and to protect its trade decreed that no living plant could leave the country. In 16c., a Muslim pilgrim brought some coffee beans from Yemen and raised them in India. Appeared in Europe (from Arabia) c.1515-1519. Introduced to England by 1650, and by 1675 the country had more than 3,000 coffee houses. Coffee plantations established in Brazil 1727. Meaning "a light meal at which coffee is served" is from 1774. Coffee break attested from 1952, at first often in glossy magazine advertisements by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau. Coffee pot from 1705.
Did you drink a cup of coffee on company time this morning? Chances are that you did--for the midmorning coffee break is rapidly becoming a standard fixture in American offices and factories. ["The Kiplinger Magazine," March 1952]