coffeehouse

[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-]

noun, plural cof·fee·hous·es [kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkɒf i-/.

a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
(in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for a particular purpose, as for informal discussions or card playing.

verb (used without object), cof·fee·housed [kaw-fee-houzd, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊzd, ˈkɒf i-/, cof·fee·hous·ing [kaw-fee-hou-zing, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪŋ, ˈkɒf i-/.

Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.

Nearby words

  1. coffee-colored,
  2. coffee-klatsch,
  3. coffee-table book,
  4. coffeeberry,
  5. coffeecake,
  6. coffeepot,
  7. coffer,
  8. cofferdam,
  9. coffered,
  10. coffeyville

Origin of coffeehouse

First recorded in 1605–15; coffee + house

Related formscof·fee·hous·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for coffee house

coffee house

noun

a place where coffee is served, esp one that was a fashionable meeting place in 18th-century London
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