demitasse

[dem-i-tas, -tahs]

noun

a small cup for serving strong black coffee after dinner.
the coffee contained in such a cup.

Nearby words

  1. demisemiquaver,
  2. demission,
  3. demist,
  4. demister,
  5. demit,
  6. demiurge,
  7. demiveg,
  8. demivierge,
  9. demivolt,
  10. demiworld

Origin of demitasse

1835–45; < French: literally, half-cup

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Examples from the Web for demitasse

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for demitasse

demitasse

noun

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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Word Origin and History for demitasse

demitasse

n.

also demi-tasse, 1842, from French, literally "half-cup," from demi- + tasse, an Old French borrowing from Arabic tassah, from Persian tasht "cup, saucer" (cf. Italian tazza, Spanish taza "cup").

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