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1. A drink consisting of several liqueurs of different densities, poured to form differently colored layers.
2. A brandy or liqueur served after dinner with coffee.

[French : pousser, to push (from Old French; see poussette) + café, coffee; see café.]


1. (Brewing) a drink of liqueurs of different colours in unmixed layers
2. (Brewing) any liqueur taken with coffee at the end of a meal
[literally: coffee-pusher]


(ˌpus kæˈfeɪ)

n., pl. -ca•fés.
an after-dinner drink of liqueurs of various colors poured into a glass so as to remain in separate layers.
[1875–80; < French: literally, (it) pushes on (the) coffee]


A French term meaning coffee pusher, used to mean a drink of spirits taken with coffee after a meal, or a drink made up of liqueurs that do not mix but form separate layers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pousse-cafe - small drink served after dinner (especially several liqueurs poured carefully so as to remain in separate layers)
cordial, liqueur - strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
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