[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.

Origin of coffeehouse

First recorded in 1605–15; coffee + house
Related formscof·fee·hous·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coffeehouse

coffeehouse, tearoom

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  • I will tell you presently, but let us go into a coffeehouse.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Then sometimes our club has a real party in the coffeehouse.

    Heroines of Service

    Mary Rosetta Parkman

  • He had played briscola with peasants in a coffeehouse of Fiesole.

  • The story is again taken up in a coffeehouse in Vienna where Bollman is accustomed to go.


    Martha Foote Crow

  • Certainly there were a great many people down there round about Lloyd's Coffeehouse!

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan