coffeehouse

[ kaw-fee-hous, kof-ee- ]
/ ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊs, ˈkɒf i- /

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 forms

cof·fee·hous·er, noun
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