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

  • n. A restaurant where coffee and other refreshments are served, especially one where people gather for conversation, games, or musical entertainment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An establishment where coffee is served to clients; a café.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house of entertainment, where guests are supplied with coffee and other refreshments, and where men meet for conversation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house of entertainment where guests are supplied with coffee and other refreshments, and sometimes with lodging; a café. Coffee-houses in Great Britain formerly held a position somewhat similar to that of the club-houses of the present day.

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

  • n. a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold


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  • We had to go through what I call the coffeehouse period, where for a while we sort of said, "Let's just sit around with the troops and talk about stuff and let's be buddies."

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  • Michael Sheehan, the deputy police commissioner in New York City responsible for counterterrorism until 2006, explained that hotheads in a coffeehouse are a dime a dozen.

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  • The coffeehouse has been a popular and frequented location for the past 15 years among tourists and neighborhood folk alike, but has recently undergone a vast rehab to showcase a locally and sustainably sourced design and functionality.

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  • The coffeehouse was a long, narrow place with exposed copper piping along the ceiling and a brick wall behind the counter.

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  • The Viennese writer Stefan Zweig called the coffeehouse "the best school of everything new."

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  • ~ No coffee -- For Jürgen Habermas, the coffeehouse is a place where bourgeois individuals can enter into relationships with one another without the restrictions of family, civil society, or the state.

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  • Once upon a time, the coffeehouse was a reliable spot for idlers.

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  • This exhibition pays homage to the artist's extraordinary versatility, says gallery owner Kateřina Ebelová, sitting in the little gallery coffeehouse, which is filled with antiques and presided over by a stuffed iguana.

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  • The girl's first set began in fifteen minutes inside the Human Bean, the city's trendiest coffeehouse, which is why Andre dragged me down here.

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  • For December the coffeehouse is the second Friday instead of the usual first Friday.



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