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[ kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee- ]


, plural cof·fee·hous·es [kaw, -fee-hou-ziz, kof, -ee-].
  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.

verb (used without object)

, cof·fee·housed [kaw, -fee-houzd, kof, -ee-], cof·fee·hous·ing [kaw, -fee-hou-zing, kof, -ee-].
  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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Other Words From

  • coffee·houser noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of coffeehouse1

First recorded in 1605–15; coffee + house

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Example Sentences

I popped into Fido, a cafe and coffeehouse in Hillsboro Village that occupies a former pet shop.

The ad push, combined with Prohibition in the US, boosted coffee sales and brought a resurgence of coffeehouses throughout the 1920s.

However, it only makes basic coffee, so it’s not the best choice if you want to experiment with your brew or make your own coffeehouse drinks.

We should be able to sit with strangers in coffeehouses and expound on the benchmarks required to slow the spread of a virus in a community — at least, we could once we’re comfortable going to coffeehouses or conversing with strangers.

Low-income housing advocates envision 100-acre, mixed-income neighborhoods sprinkled with coffeehouses, doctors’ offices, public schools, community centers and library branches, all within walking distance.

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She suggested that Gregory stack newspapers on his desk to give the set an intimate, coffeehouse feel.

In the morning, join the intelligentsia at Cafe Pamplona, a European-style coffeehouse, also by Harvard Square.

“Everyone always compares writing to war,” he said over a tall iced tea at a west Los Angeles coffeehouse recently.

The British Spectator speculates on its Coffeehouse blog about a Rand Paul vice presidential nomination.

But the scene is a noisy coffeehouse in lower Manhattan, and the voice is emerging from the throat of Julianne Moore.

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

As the clock-hand pointed to ten, she heard both quite near—outside Lloyd's Coffeehouse, evidently.

After this, I went into the best coffeehouse in the town here, and sat down to read the newspapers.

The Chapter Coffeehouse was opened at this time, famous for punch, pamphlets, and newspapers.

On the other hand, the business of a money-lender fitted in excellently well with the business of coffeehouse-keeper.


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