[ es-ta-mee-ne ]
/ ɛs ta miˈnɛ /

noun, plural es·ta·mi·nets [es-ta-mee-ne] /ɛs ta miˈnɛ/. French.

a bistro or small café.

Origin of estaminet

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for estaminet


/ French (ɛstaminɛ) /


a small café, bar, or bistro, esp a shabby one

Word Origin for estaminet

C19: from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger
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Word Origin and History for estaminet



1814, from French, "a café in which smoking is allowed" (17c.), of unknown origin; some suggest a connection to French estamine, a type of open woolen fabric used for making sieves, etc., from Latin stamineus "made of thread." Or from Walloon stamen "post to which a cow is tied at a feeding trough," from Proto-Germanic *stamniz (see stem (n.)).

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