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also ca·fe  (kă-fā′, kə-)
A restaurant serving coffee and other beverages along with baked goods or light meals.

[French, coffee, café, from Italian caffè, coffee, from Ottoman Turkish qahve; see coffee.]


(ˈkæfeɪ; ˈkæfɪ)
1. a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments
2. South African a corner shop or grocer
[C19: from French: coffee]


or ca•fe

(kæˈfeɪ, kə-)

n., pl. -fés or -fes.
1. a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
2. a restaurant, usu. small and unpretentious.
3. a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.
[1780–90; < French: literally, coffee]


1. 'café'

A café /'kæfeɪ/ is a place where you can buy drinks and simple meals or snacks. In Britain, cafés often don't sell alcoholic drinks. Café is sometimes spelled cafe.

Is there an internet café near here?
They've opened a cafe in the main square.
2. 'coffee'

Coffee /'kɒfi/ is a hot drink.

Would you like a cup of coffee?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are soldcafe - a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold
caff - informal British term for a cafe
cybercafe - a cafe whose customers sit at computer terminals and log on to the internet while they eat and drink
espresso shop - a cafe where espresso is served
estaminet - a small (and usually shabby) cafe selling wine and beer and coffee
pull-in, pull-up - a roadside cafe especially for lorry drivers
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant - a building where people go to eat


noun snack bar, restaurant, cafeteria, coffee shop, brasserie, coffee bar, tearoom, lunchroom, eatery or eaterie The café also serves delicious lunches.
مَقْهَىمَقْهى، مَطْعَم صَغير
quán cà phê


A. Ncafé m
B. CPD café society Nla gente de moda


cafe [ˈkæfeɪ] ncafé m (généralement sans alcool)café bar cafe bar nbar m


nCafé nt


[ˈkæfeɪ] ncaffè m inv, bar m inv (senza licenza per alcolici)


(ˈkӕfei) , ((American) kӕˈfei) noun
a (usually small) shop where meals and (non-alcoholic) drinks are served.


مَقْهَى kavárna café Café καφετέρια café kahvila café kafić caffè カフェ 카페 café kafé kawiarnia café кафе kafé ร้านกาแฟ kafe quán cà phê 茶馆
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Sight-seeing from morning till night, stopping for nice lunches in the gay cafes, and meeting with all sorts of droll adventures.
The plaza of Zodanga covers a square mile and is bounded by the palaces of the jeddak, the jeds, and other members of the royalty and nobility of Zodanga, as well as by the principal public buildings, cafes, and shops.
His lair was in the Grand Hotel and the gaudiest cafes.
They sang of it in the cafes, ridiculed it in the papers, and represented it on the stage.
Yes, you can't afford to dine at cafes on that," Ferfitchkin added insolently
In London nothing interested her but the theatres and the shops; and she found the theatres less exciting than the Paris cafes chantants where, under the blossoming horse-chestnuts of the Champs Elysees, she had had the novel experience of looking down from the restaurant terrace on an audience of "cocottes," and having her husband interpret to her as much of the songs as he thought suitable for bridal ears.
Now I'll go and stroll around the cafes awhile, Jack, and give you a chance to write up your journal, old fellow.
And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had known him in London, painters who had met him in the cafes of Montmartre, discovered to their amazement that where they had seen but an unsuccessful artist, like another, authentic genius had rubbed shoulders with them there began to appear in the magazines of France and America a succession of articles, the reminiscences of one, the appreciation of another, which added to Strickland's notoriety, and fed without satisfying the curiosity of the public.
There were cafes all round, and by chance, thirsty and eager to get a nearer sight of the crowd, Philip installed himself at a little table outside the Cafe de Versailles.
On his departure the ape-man, with Abdul, wandered again into the streets of Sidi Aissa, where he was soon attracted by the wild din of sound coming from the open doorway of one of the numerous CAFES MAURES.
Instead of going directly to his hotel, he started on a round of the bars and cafes, drinking a cocktail here and a cocktail there, and two or three when he encountered men he knew.
He ordered a suit of clothes from the tailor and ate his meals in the best cafes in town.