Definition of cafe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also café) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkæfeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈfeɪ//
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  1. 1a place where you can buy drinks and simple meals. Alcohol is not usually served in British or American cafes. There are small shops and pavement cafes around every corner. a pavement cafe serving drinks and light meals compare restaurant
  2. 2(South African English) a small shop/store that sells sweets, newspapers, food, etc. and usually stays open later than other shops/stores
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French café ‘coffee or coffee house’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cafe