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coffee

Syllabification: cof·fee
Pronunciation: /ˈkôfē
 
, ˈkäfē
 
/

Definition of coffee in English:

noun

1A drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced: a cup of coffee [as modifier]: a coffee pot
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1A cup of coffee: she’ll buy you a coffee
More example sentences
  • 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 raw, roasted and ground, or processed into a powder that dissolves in hot water: a jar of instant coffee
More example sentences
  • 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 color like that of coffee mixed with milk.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.4A party or reception at which coffee is served: going to coffees and answering questions
2The shrub of the bedstraw family that yields the coffee seeds, two of which are contained in each red berry. Native to the Old World tropics, most coffee is grown in tropical America.
  • Genus Coffea, family Rubiaceae: several species. See also arabica and robusta
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic ḳahwa, probably via Dutch koffie.

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