[ es-ta-mee-ne ]

noun,plural es·ta·mi·nets [es-ta-mee-ne]. /ɛs ta miˈnɛ/. French.
  1. a bistro or small café.

Origin of estaminet

First recorded in 1805–15

Words Nearby estaminet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use estaminet in a sentence

  • He and a friend went out for a stroll in the evening; they visited an estaminet, where they found poor wine but a charming girl.

  • The ceiling was as black with gas-fumes and tobacco smoke as any other ceiling in any other estaminet in the Quartier Latin.

    In the Days of My Youth | Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • And the estaminet at the cross-roads, that cruelly warm corner whence he passed into peace, it too had vanished from the earth.

  • He suddenly came across the lighted window of a small estaminet, and went in.

    The Martian | George Du Maurier
  • They had built it on the ruins of an estaminet, roofed it over with odds and ends of tin and tarpaulin, and the play was on.

British Dictionary definitions for estaminet


/ French (ɛstaminɛ) /

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

Origin of estaminet

C19: from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger

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