[ dem-i-tas, -tahs ]
/ ˈdɛm ɪˌtæs, -ˌtɑs /
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a small cup for serving strong black coffee after dinner.
the coffee contained in such a cup.



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Origin of demitasse

1835–45; <French: literally, half-cup
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Example sentences from the Web for demitasse

  • Nothing but some ice cream and a demitasse for me, declared Ronny.

  • Mr. Ellins gets left again when he calls for a demitasse after the tapioca pudding.

    Torchy|Sewell Ford
  • Miss Liz presently asked—for dinner at the Colonel's was of the farm variety which scorned the demitasse.

    Sunlight Patch|Credo Fitch Harris
  • She dropped a lump of sugar in her demitasse and threw her host a bright smile across the table.

British Dictionary definitions for demitasse

/ (ˈdɛmɪˌtæs, French dəmitɑs) /


a small cup used to serve coffee, esp after a meal
the coffee itself

Word Origin for demitasse

C19: French, literally: half-cup
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