Definition of coffee in English:

coffee

noun

mass noun
  • 1A hot drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical shrub.

    ‘a cup of coffee’
    as modifier ‘a coffee pot’
    • ‘Meanwhile, only 8 percent of regular coffee drinkers drink decaf.’
    • ‘Wendy's heart was pumping violently in her chest, as if she'd drunk ten cups of coffee in so many minutes.’
    • ‘I pulled on my jacket and glanced at my mother who was drinking her coffee through a Styrofoam cup.’
    • ‘At 7:30 in the morning we're going to be serving cookies, coffee and donuts completely for free.’
    • ‘Concrete benches provide seating for local workers to enjoy lunches and coffee breaks, while cypress trees form a buffer to the park precinct.’
    • ‘We wouldn't think of having a seminar without serving food or coffee.’
    • ‘Dmitri poured another cup of coffee and drank it down in two swallows.’
    • ‘He yawned loudly, taking a drink of coffee from the plastic cup he was holding.’
    • ‘If we have a meeting, the staff has to buy the coffee.’
    • ‘A team of volunteers serve tea, coffee and food.’
    • ‘I usually just drink ordinary dark roast coffee, as strong as possible.’
    • ‘Siobhan took another drink of her coffee, putting the cup down.’
    • ‘He drank the rest of his cup of coffee and ground out the cigarette in the ashtray.’
    • ‘Michael slid off the saddle and walked up to the mess wagon as Jeff poured him a cup of coffee.’
    • ‘Australians drink coffee in smaller cups, our baristas tend to swirl the milk a little less, and we have completely different terminology.’
    • ‘I quit drinking coffee and bought a bottle of caffeine tablets.’
    • ‘Chelsea pours herself a cup of coffee, drinking it black and scalding hot.’
    • ‘With the exception of espresso coffee, all drinks appeared to come in disposable cups/mugs, whilst the plates were also for one-time use only.’
    • ‘I drank endless cups of coffee and cinnamon tea.’
    • ‘I am now drinking the coffee directly from the carafe, attempting to wake up.’
    joe, java
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    1. 1.1count noun A cup of coffee.
      ‘we went out for a coffee’
      • ‘Actually he and I are talking about getting together on Saturday afternoon for a coffee.’
      • ‘Cafe de Paris in Prague is the best place to have an afternoon coffee and a good drink to start the evening.’
      • ‘There is a gorgeous coffee shop and the boys love sitting in high chairs having a doughnut or scone while I drink a filter coffee.’
      • ‘He was sitting in front of the news drinking a coffee.’
      • ‘I assumed he was drinking a coffee, but no, he was actually chewing tobacco the entire time, and raising the cup to discreetly spit in it.’
      • ‘As Miguel stood chatting to Cindy, Donella sat alone drinking a coffee when Clare came in.’
      • ‘Now I see an old lady crossing the street, a guy drinking a coffee, I even see Beth and Andrew and we wave at them.’
      • ‘We sat there, drinking a black coffee with 3 sugars in it whilst listening to the pub singer.’
      • ‘You can check them out of libraries, put them in backpacks, walk to a cafe, buy a coffee, and then go sit in a park and read them.’
      • ‘If I had to get off the computer to get a coffee or a drink of water, I'd usually try to time it so I detach myself from my headphones at the end of a song.’
      • ‘Take a drink or a coffee and a snack out into the garden at the back - yes, the view and the water are still there.’
      • ‘Sometimes they just like a coffee or a cold drink.’
      • ‘After watching a few hours of TV I went to drink a coffee and met some of my local friends.’
      • ‘The inspector drank an enormous coffee, twenty times the size of an espresso.’
      • ‘My lower back is moist from the excursion of making a coffee and drinking it.’
      • ‘In my opinion they deserve to get burnt if they are stupid enough to drive whilst drinking a coffee.’
      • ‘One woman bought a coffee to wash down a white pill.’
      • ‘I might have spent it in a cafe, looking sophisticated, reading a book and drinking a coffee.’
      • ‘There was no enthusiasm to risk a sweet, but one of our party fancied a coffee.’
      • ‘He remembered that he wanted to buy something to drink; perhaps he could offer to buy her a coffee?’
    2. 1.2 Coffee seeds roasted and ground, or a powder made from them.
      ‘a jar of instant coffee’
      • ‘Famine was a regular occurrence, while spices, coffee and sugar were sucked out for Western markets at vast profit to Dutch business.’
      • ‘In memorium, though, I will now always try to buy sustainably grown coffee as promoted by the foundation.’
      • ‘Finding a kettle and some instant coffee, he made himself a steaming mug-full and wandered through to the living room.’
      • ‘Despite shortages of certain items like instant coffee, sugar, and most of our milk powder, the food was lasting well.’
      • ‘All right, instant coffee has its place alongside other short cuts in life.’
      • ‘The company says it paid an average of $1.20 a pound for the unroasted coffee it bought last year.’
      • ‘The value of the raw beans contained in a jar of instant coffee may be no more than a few pennies, but the final product may be sold for over £2.’
      • ‘Others may choose to boil water in a pot on the stove and add instant or finely ground coffee.’
      • ‘Burundi and Rwanda are predominantly agricultural economies with their primary exports being coffee and tea.’
      • ‘She found nothing of the sort, so she started looking through the cupboards for instant coffee.’
      • ‘Over the last 10 years, the quality of instant coffee has improved significantly.’
      • ‘Put your instant coffee and sugar into your cup, then a dash of the old boiling and start stirring vigorously.’
      • ‘He had purchased supplies; coffee, flour, sugar, and a few sacks of sweet wheat middling, without salt.’
      • ‘The gifts offered to health professionals amounted to a jar of instant coffee and some non-medical books.’
      • ‘He stated that he funded his habit by shoplifting coffee and soap powder which he would then sell on to buy drugs.’
      • ‘The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank encourage indebted countries to export primary goods such as coffee, cocoa or copper.’
      • ‘Instant coffee is made principally from Robusta beans.’
      • ‘They'd all trek to the store and they'd swap that for coffee and sugar and flour and things that they had to buy to live on through the winter.’
      • ‘He filled the coffee-maker with water and spooned in ground coffee from a smoked-glass jar.’
      • ‘They also can buy the coffee by the bag and sell it at a profit, which the congregation then keeps for their own missionary and social justice work.’
    3. 1.3 A pale brown colour like that of milky coffee.
      ‘a maxi dress in cream with a coffee silk trim’
      • ‘Some give cooler hues of mushroom, putty or milky coffee.’
      • ‘Her coffee brown eyes were sharp and darkened with every word she uttered.’
      • ‘Natural colours such as sienna, coffee, verdure, burgundy, metal and champagne are chosen as ambient colours.’
      • ‘Its coffee brown doors were flailing around in the sudden wind.’
      • ‘She saw the face of an ugly man with dirty brown hair and coffee colored eyes.’
      • ‘In the theme of green, male colours such as cream white, light coffee, green and brown along with soft cut and cute details give a profile of romantic woman.’
      • ‘She was gorgeous, with braided coffee coloured hair, smooth, spotless dark skin, hazel eyes and heart shaped lips.’
      • ‘They walked along the same succulent sea by which pasty-white holiday makers tend to flop in order to obtain coffee brown tans.’
      • ‘There are single, doubles, anemone-flowered forms, and an amazing choice of colour variations - from coffee through to citrus yellow.’
      • ‘The woman's hair flowed behind down to her waist where barrettes were clipped onto her coffee brown hair.’
      fawn, brownish-yellow, pale brown, buff, sand, sandy, oatmeal, wheaten, biscuit, coffee-coloured, café au lait, camel, kasha, ecru, taupe, stone, stone-coloured, mushroom, putty, greige
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  • 2The shrub which yields coffee seeds, native to the Old World tropics.

    Genus Coffea, family Rubiaceae: several species. See also arabica and robusta

    • ‘Unlike cacao and coffee, yerba mate was not a domestic plant when first encountered by Europeans.’
    • ‘Jamaica is an island of plantations where more exotic crops such as bananas, pineapples, cocoa, coffee and sugar cane are grown.’
    • ‘We pass fields of coffee, maize and bananas, including the vast estates of Del Monte.’
    • ‘Huge plantations of tea, coffee, and cardamom have emerged and taken over what was once prime elephant habitat.’
    • ‘It was fairly simple for commercial growers to transplant cacao and coffee to new plantations, but yerba mate proved to be a finicky crop.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwa, probably via Dutch koffie.

Pronunciation

coffee

/ˈkɒfi/