Definition of coffee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒfi/


[mass noun]
1A hot drink made from the roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a tropical shrub: a cup of coffee [as modifier]: a coffee pot
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  • I usually just drink ordinary dark roast coffee, as strong as possible.
  • He drank the rest of his cup of coffee and ground out the cigarette in the ashtray.
  • Wendy's heart was pumping violently in her chest, as if she'd drunk ten cups of coffee in so many minutes.
North American  joe, java
1.1 [count noun] A cup of coffee: we went out for a coffee
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  • I assumed he was drinking a coffee, but no, he was actually chewing tobacco the entire time, and raising the cup to discreetly spit in it.
  • He remembered that he wanted to buy something to drink; perhaps he could offer to buy her a coffee?
  • He was sitting in front of the news drinking a coffee.
1.2Coffee seeds roasted and ground, or a powder made from them: a jar of instant coffee
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  • Despite shortages of certain items like instant coffee, sugar, and most of our milk powder, the food was lasting well.
  • The value of the raw beans contained in a jar of instant coffee may be no more than a few pennies, but the final product may be sold for over £2.
  • The gifts offered to health professionals amounted to a jar of instant coffee and some non-medical books.
1.3A pale brown colour like that of milky coffee: coffee-coloured skin
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  • Some give cooler hues of mushroom, putty or milky coffee.
  • In the theme of green, male colours such as cream white, light coffee, green and brown along with soft cut and cute details give a profile of romantic woman.
  • There are single, doubles, anemone-flowered forms, and an amazing choice of colour variations - from coffee through to citrus yellow.
2The shrub which yields coffee seeds, native to the Old World tropics.
  • Genus Coffea, family Rubiaceae: several species. See also arabica and robusta.
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  • Jamaica is an island of plantations where more exotic crops such as bananas, pineapples, cocoa, coffee and sugar cane are grown.
  • Unlike cacao and coffee, yerba mate was not a domestic plant when first encountered by Europeans.
  • We pass fields of coffee, maize and bananas, including the vast estates of Del Monte.


Late 16th century: from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwa, probably via Dutch koffie.

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