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



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒfi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːfi//
    , NAmE//ˈkɑːfi//
    Soft drinks
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the roasted seeds (called coffee beans) of a tropical bush; a powder made from them decaffeinated/instant coffee ground/real coffee a jar of coffee a blend of Brazilian and Colombian coffees coffee ice cream
  2. 2   [uncountable, countable] a hot drink made from coffee powder and boiling water. It may be drunk with milk and/or sugar added. black/white coffee (= without/with milk) Tea or coffee? I'll just make the coffee. Let's talk over coffee (= while drinking coffee). See related entries: Soft drinks
  3. 3   [countable] a cup of coffee Two strong black coffees, please.
  4. 4 [uncountable] the colour of coffee mixed with milk; light brown
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwa, probably via Dutch koffie.Extra examples An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room. Do you drink coffee? He brought in two mugs of steaming coffee. He took a sip of his coffee. I had two coffees while I waited. I have milk but no sugar in my coffee. I’ll make some coffee for breakfast. Let’s go for a coffee when you’ve finished your essay. She drinks very milky coffee with lots of sugar. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available in the kitchen. The others will be back soon—I’ll go and make some fresh coffee. Would you like real or instant coffee? a mug of strong black coffee a packet of freshly-ground coffee a pot of piping hot coffee coffee laced with cognac freshly brewed coffeeIdioms
    wake up and smell the coffee
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    (informal) (usually in orders) used to tell somebody to become aware of what is really happening in a situation, especially when this is something unpleasant
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coffee