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1802, from French café "coffee, coffeehouse," from Italian caffe "coffee" (see coffee). The beverage was introduced in Venice by 1615 and in France from 1650s by merchants and travelers who had been to Turkey and Egypt. The first public café might have been the one opened in Marseilles in 1660.


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n. 1 A coffee shop; an establishment selling coffee and sometimes other non-alcoholic beverages, simple meals or snacks, with a facility to consume them on the premises. 2 A French pub.


n. a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold [syn: coffeehouse, coffee shop, coffee bar]

Cafe (disambiguation)

A café, cafe, or coffeehouse is a small restaurant serving coffee, beverages, and light meals.

Cafe or café may also refer to:

Café (film)

Café is a 2010 independent drama film directed by Marc Erlbaum. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Daniel Eric Gold, Alexa Vega and Jamie Kennedy, who was Hewitt's boyfriend at the time of filming.

Café (musician)

Café is the stage name of Edson Aparecido da Silva, sometimes credited as Edson da Silva or Café da Silva, a percussionist, singer, composer, and music producer born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to the U.S. in 1985.

He has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Steve Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey's Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Batacoto, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d'Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stoltzman, Joyce Moreno, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sérgio Mendes, Randy Brecker, Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Rachel Portman.

He has appeared with Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, James Last, Phillippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, The New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Morthiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, Harry Belafonte, Mick Jagger, Margareth Menezes, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Jose Neto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Essen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, and Dianne Reeves, among others.

He composed the piece "Three Express", which he performed with Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Victor Lewis on their 2011 Motéma Music release, Mojave. The same year, he released his first album as leader, Meditations with the Orishas.

Usage examples of "cafe".

At the café opposite, marked by four zinc tables under a faded green awning, there was a man comatose over an unfinished drink.

Then, two weeks ago, he walked into a café to meet a very odd group of men.

And the three men whom he joined for luncheon in the highly respectable Café Racine are the terrorists.

He had waited beside the window for a few minutes after his introduction of Carlson, just long enough to see the curious stranger, sitting once more at the café table in its cool evening shadows, begin to rise and stroll towards the Rue Jean-Calas.

The puzzle that had drawn him to the Café Racine was unexplained if Vaugiroud was being observed, Roussin would also be under suspicion.

But he walked out of the Café Racine just five minutes after Lenoir, and disappeared completely.

He changed his, three times, and eventually arrived at the Café Racine.

There was no breach of security, either, in glancing down the street where the Café Racine retired so modestly from the busy traffic of Saint-Germain.

Fenner halted abruptly, became one of a group pressed together, staring across at the Café Racine.

He drew his thin shoulders, almost angrily, back from Fenner and resumed his staring at the Café Racine, his eyes dull again, not seeing, only remembering that he, counting the months to his own death, had stayed alive today.

I was sent to get him safely to that café table on the Piazza San Marco?

Close to the pillared arcades, there was a thick fringe of café tables and chairs, crowded with another thousand people.

A sea of sound washed over the darkening Piazza into the lighted arcades, drowning the voices and the café music, breaking high into the cool night sky above.

Fomos a um produtor de mudas de café, escolher as que nos serviriam para o replantio.

And the café he chose, by chance, happened to be only a few doors away from the bar that had been damaged the previous night by a hand grenade.