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Meaning of coffee by Wiktionary Dictionary


    roasted coffee beans
    coffee ( beverage )


    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 .

    Many sources state that the Arabic term meant ‘a brew’, especially wine .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈkɒf.i/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈkɑ.fi/, /ˈkɔ.fi/
    • Rhymes: -ɒfi


    coffee ( countable and uncountable; plural: coffees )

    1. A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
    2. The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape .
    3. A tropical plant of the genus Coffea .
    4. ( Discuss( + ) this sense ) A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee .
      coffee colour:
    5. The end of the meal—where coffee is usually served .
      He did not stay for coffee .


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    coffee ( not comparable )

    1. Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee .

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Explanation of coffee by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a medium brown to dark-brown color

    2. a seed of the coffee tree

    3. a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans

    4. he ordered a cup of coffee
    5. any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans

    Definition of coffee by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Coffee ( kafe; kŏffe; 115 ), n. [Turk. qahveh, Ar. qahuah wine, coffee, a decoction of berries. Cf. Café.]
      1. 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.

      2. The coffee tree.

      ☞ There are several species of the coffee tree, as, Coffea Arabica, Coffea canephora, Coffea occidentalis, and Coffea Liberica. The white, fragrant flowers grow in clusters at the root of the leaves, and the fruit is a red or purple cherrylike drupe, with sweet pulp, usually containing two pyrenes, commercially called “beans” or “berries”.

      3. The beverage made by decoction of the roasted and ground berry of the coffee tree.

      They have in Turkey a drink called coffee. . . . This drink comforteth the brain and heart, and helpeth digestion. Bacon.

      4. a cup of coffee3, especially one served in a restaurant; as, “we each had two donuts and a coffee; three coffees to go”.

      5. a social gathering at which coffee is served, with optional other foods or refreshments.

      6. a color ranging from medium brown to dark brown.

      ☞ The use of coffee is said to have been introduced into England about 1650, when coffeehouses were opened in Oxford and London.

      Coffee bug ( Zool. ), a species of scale insect ( Lecanium coffæa ), often very injurious to the coffee tree. -- Coffee rat ( Zool. ) See Musang.