Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tropical African shrubs or trees of the genus Coffea, especially C. arabica, widely cultivated in the tropics for their seeds that are dried, roasted, and ground to prepare a stimulating aromatic drink.
  • n. The beanlike seeds of this plant, enclosed within a pulpy fruit.
  • n. The beverage prepared from the seeds of this plant.
  • n. A moderate brown to dark brown or dark grayish brown.
  • n. An informal social gathering at which coffee and other refreshments are served.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
  • n. The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape.
  • n. A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.
  • n. this sense) A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
  • n. The end of the meal—where coffee is usually served.
  • adj. Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The “beans” or “berries” (pyrenes) obtained from the drupes of a small evergreen tree of the genus Coffea, growing in Abyssinia, Arabia, Persia, and other warm regions of Asia and Africa, and also in tropical America.
  • n. The coffee tree.
  • n. The beverage made by decoction of the roasted and ground berry of the coffee tree.
  • n. a cup of coffee{3}, especially one served in a restaurant.
  • n. a social gathering at which coffee is served, with optional other foods or refreshments.
  • n. a color ranging from medium brown to dark brown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The berry of trees belonging to the genus Coffea, natural order Rubiaceæ.
  • n. A drink made from the seeds of the coffee-tree, by infusion or decoction.
  • n. A light meal resembling afternoon tea, at which coffee is served.
  • n. The last course of a dinner, consisting of black coffee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans
  • n. a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
  • n. a medium brown to dark-brown color
  • n. a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by Italian caffè, from Turkish) of Ottoman Turkish qahveh, from Arabic qahwa; see qhw in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic قهوة (qahwa, "coffee"). Some Ethiopians claim a derivation from Kaffa, an ancient province of Ethiopia where coffee is said to have originated, but this etymology is highly improbable as it fails to explain the initial shift to the Arabic ‘qahwa’. At the same time, qahwa refers only to coffee in liquid form. When it is dry, either as beans or ground, Arabs call coffee بن (bunn). That word comes from ቡና (buna), the Amharic word for coffee. (Wiktionary)

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