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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.


(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.
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
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.
Sugg about two young men forced out of their conventional paradigms bravely confront their truths, with help from three oracles of an Ethiopian coffeehouse.
In 1672, he became an international franchiser when he opened the first coffeehouse in Paris.
15 West Teen Coffeehouse provides a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth and other at-risk teens and works to establish support systems for LGBTQ youth in local high schools and middle schools.
going in and out of Al-Azhar, he understood that it was the gurgling sound of hookahs prepared by the coffeehouse for merchants to smoke.
Now owner Pat Blakeslee wants to offer the same to coffeehouse aficionados on the north side of town.
WORCESTER - The Green Rooster Coffeehouse, a well-known outlet for folk and independent music in Worcester since 1997, will be silent this upcoming season.
Now International Delight offers Skinny versions of their popular CoffeeHouse Inspirations flavors, Vanilla Latte and Caramel Macchiato
A small, independent coffeehouse being overrun by a mega mocha neighbor.
However, over the years it has grown into a full-fledged restaurant that also has great coffee and a comfortable, coffeehouse feel.