There are 2 main definitions of cafe in English:

Share this entry

cafe 1

Line breaks: cafe
Pronunciation: /ˈkafeɪ/
/ˈkafi/
(also café)

noun

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.
Synonyms
snack bar, cafeteria, buffet;
restaurant, bistro, brasserie, wine bar, cafe bar, cybercafe;
British milk bar;
North American diner
British informal caff
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  • Corner cafes have since been replaced by petrol station 'quick-shops', but these will still be referred to as the corner cafe.

Origin

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

Definition of cafe in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of cafe in English:

Share this entry

CAFE 2 Syllabification: CAFE

Entry from US English dictionary

abbreviation

Corporate Average Fuel Economy.

Definition of cafe in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
adjective
arrogantly superior and disdainful