- 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.
- 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
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“Everyone always compares writing to war,” he said over a tall iced tea at a west Los Angeles coffeehouse recently.The Movie Redemption of ‘Men in Black 3’ Scribe Etan Cohen
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“This tape empowered me,” Laurer said between sips of iced tea in a busy West Los Angeles coffeehouse.From Wrestling to Porn
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I will tell you presently, but let us go into a coffeehouse.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
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Then sometimes our club has a real party in the coffeehouse.Heroines of Service
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He had played briscola with peasants in a coffeehouse of Fiesole.The Red Lily, Complete
The story is again taken up in a coffeehouse in Vienna where Bollman is accustomed to go.Lafayette
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Certainly there were a great many people down there round about Lloyd's Coffeehouse!Somehow Good
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