There are 2 main definitions of cafe in English:

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cafe 1

Pronunciation: /ˈkafeɪ/
(also café)


1A small restaurant selling light meals and drinks.
Example sentences
  • Urban dwellers may eat a light meal at a café or restaurant in the evening.
  • Small restaurants, cafes selling coffee and tea, as well as stalls selling sandwiches and fruit juice are in abundance, spread all over the city.
  • However, be prepared to step up a gear around the huge variety of bars, restaurants and cafes serving delicious meals at less than a fiver-a-head on the Avineda del Generalrismo.
snack bar, cafeteria, buffet;
restaurant, bistro, brasserie, wine bar, cafe bar, cybercafe;
British  milk bar;
North American  diner
British informal caff
dated pull-up, pull-in
rare estaminet
2North American A bar or nightclub.
Example sentences
  • We'd go to nightclubs and cafés, hear jazz bands play or go to open-air symphonies.
  • Like it or not, bars, pubs and cafés are our public squares, where people meet to participate in the social life of the city.
  • I hung out in neighborhoods, and went to cafes at night.
3South African A shop selling sweets, cigarettes, newspapers, etc. and staying open after normal hours.
Example sentences
  • Corner cafes have since been replaced by petrol station 'quick-shops', but these will still be referred to as the corner cafe.


Early 19th century: from French café 'coffee or coffee house'.

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There are 2 main definitions of cafe in English:

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