Definition of bistro in English:


Syllabification: bis·tro
Pronunciation: /ˈbistrō, ˈbē-

noun (plural bistros)

  • A small restaurant.
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    • You can stay in a hotel or inn in Old Quebec, enjoy a myriad of restaurants, bistros, sidewalk cafes, and yet you are only 40 minutes away from the great outdoors.
    • Together they roam Paris, from cafe to cafe, neighborhood to neighborhood, restaurants, bars, bistros, the nightlife and underbelly of Montmartre.
    • Adjacent to the main pool area will be one of the largest seafood restaurants and bistros on Chaweng Beach, with the opening of a 250 seat, 1,200 sq m Talay Boat Restaurant.


1920s: French; perhaps related to bistouille, a colloquial term meaning 'bad alcohol', perhaps from Russian bystro 'rapidly'.

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