coffee shop


a small, usually inexpensive, restaurant where refreshments and light meals are served.

Origin of coffee shop

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coffee shop

coffeehouse, tearoom

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Contemporary Examples of coffee shop

Historical Examples of coffee shop

  • He looked in at the coffee-shop while I was eating my bit of food.

  • So he turned into a coffee-shop, and ordered coffee and a plate of beef.

    Reginald Cruden

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • He must not keep a coffee-shop or an inn, or be engaged in any trading whatever.

  • Very different was the scene in the meeting-room behind the coffee-shop.


    George Gissing

  • He went into the one coffee-shop in Salonika which served drinkable tea.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for coffee shop

coffee shop


a shop where coffee is sold or drunk
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