[poos-ka-fey; French poos-ka-fey]
noun, plural pousse-ca·fés [poos-ka-feyz; French poos-ka-fey] /ˌpus kæˈfeɪz; French pus kaˈfeɪ/.
  1. an after-dinner drink of liqueurs of various colors and specific gravities, carefully poured into a glass so as to remain floating in separate layers.
  2. a small glass of liqueur served after coffee.

Origin of pousse-café

1875–80; < French: literally, (it) pushes on (the) coffee
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British Dictionary definitions for pousse-cafe


  1. a drink of liqueurs of different colours in unmixed layers
  2. any liqueur taken with coffee at the end of a meal

Word Origin for pousse-café

literally: coffee-pusher
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