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[kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee-]
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noun, plural cof·fee·hous·es [kaw-fee-hou-ziz, kof-ee-] /ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkɒf i-/.
  1. a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other refreshments and that sometimes provides informal entertainment.
  2. (in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for a particular purpose, as for informal discussions or card playing.
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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-/.
  1. Informal. to engage in aimless talk or chitchat.
  2. Cards. to make remarks and gestures during play with the purpose of misleading opponents as to the cards one holds.
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Origin of coffeehouse

First recorded in 1605–15; coffee + house
Related formscof·fee·hous·er, noun
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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