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estaminet

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

First recorded in 1805–15
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Historical Examples

  • The hole in the hedge and the estaminet beyond was all that saved him.

    The Backwash of War

    Ellen N. La Motte

  • We were billeted at an estaminet that had copped it pretty thick.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Just behind and in rear was an estaminet run by two French girls.

  • One of these houses was untenanted when we were there, and the other was an estaminet.

    The Spell of Flanders

    Edward Neville Vose

  • The man had been drinking last night at the estaminet up there.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs


British Dictionary definitions for estaminet

estaminet

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

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

n.

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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