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also coffee house  (kô′fē-hous′, kŏf′ē-)
A restaurant where coffee and other refreshments are served, especially one where people gather for conversation, games, or musical entertainment.
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(ˈkɔ fiˌhaʊs, ˈkɒf i-)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. an establishment that serves coffee and other refreshments and sometimes provides informal entertainment.
2. (in 17th- and 18th-century England) a similar establishment where groups met for informal discussions, card playing, etc.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coffeehouse - a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are soldcoffeehouse - 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
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References in classic literature ?
As Tarzan was dickering at Bouira for a mount he caught a brief glimpse of a man in European clothes eying him from the doorway of a native coffeehouse, but as Tarzan looked the man turned and entered the little, low-ceilinged mud hut, and but for a haunting impression that there had been something familiar about the face or figure of the fellow, Tarzan gave the matter no further thought.
'That it happened this way--that your nephew met him at a coffeehouse, fell upon him with the most demneble ferocity, followed him to his cab, swore he would ride home with him, if he rode upon the horse's back or hooked himself on to the horse's tail; smashed his countenance, which is a demd fine countenance in its natural state; frightened the horse, pitched out Sir Mulberry and himself, and--'
Playhouses, coffeehouses, and taverns were the scenes of their rendezvous.
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Synopsis: Writing as a mother, immigrant, new American, coffeehouse owner, and international nonprofit leader, "The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times" is Sarina Prabasi's personal story that deftly weaves between Nepal, Ethiopia, and the United States.
On Friday, March 1, the Highland Avenue Coffeehouse will feature the Briton Singers from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, at 7 p.m.
Travellers at Dubai International Airport (DXB) looking for great coffee and tasty local cuisine can now experience a traditional Emirati coffeehouse in Terminal 3 at the new S34 Gahwa Mezza Bar.
Despite slowing unit growth, the coffeehouse market continues to experience growing sales due to consumers' interest in specialty and premium coffee and tea drinks.
It all began way back in the 1640s with the opening of Istanbul's first coffeehouse. Coffeehouse owners were actually Arabs not Turks.
But when they eventually meet up with three oracles of an Ethiopian coffeehouse, the holy men soon help them look inward to reflect about life's most burning issues as well as the personal challenges each has been afraid to face, ultimately revealing a stunning reality for both.
Receiving a tip that Karaoy-lan was hiding in a coffeehouse, the police later conducted an operation at the coffeehouse and captured him in possession of a gun and 50 bullets.