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coffee shop

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noun
  1. a small, usually inexpensive, restaurant where refreshments and light meals are served.
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Origin of coffee shop

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Related Words

coffeehouse, tearoom

Examples from the Web for coffee shop

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Demos

    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

noun
  1. a shop where coffee is sold or drunk
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