Definition of boîte in US English:



  • A small restaurant or nightclub.

    • ‘Part dockside shanty, part upscale seafood boîte, Mary's Fish Camp on West Fourth Street appeals to the inner lobsterman lurking in every serious eater.’
    • ‘Some of the dances, though always inventive, are rather too much for a Saint-Tropez boîte.’
    • ‘Would he recover from his Broadway failure or would he go on squandering his life in Europe's spas and boîtes?’
    • ‘After Galleria, the crowd moves on to Cabaret, which he designed as a tribute to St Tropez's most celebrated boîte.’
    • ‘Even though getting into Ducasse is child's play, you prefer a downtown boîte that barely accommodates 25.’
    • ‘I'm talking, of course, about the new boîte Newtown.’
    • ‘Name two new boîtes that make you want to whisper something more deeply felt than ‘Whose card are we putting this on?’’
    • ‘Boldface names are already flocking to Brian McNally's retro-eighties boîte, and a Ludlow Street basement is a truly underground experience.’
    • ‘Ashamed, she flounces into a local boîte and tosses off six brandies.’
    • ‘Kenney's appearance in the mid-nineties won him awards and prompted him to beget new boîtes.’
    • ‘There was Sylvain Martinello, who went on to launch boîtes such as Shed Café and Cafeteria.’
    • ‘Yet everything else about Fressen deems it the most sophisticated boîte to unfold in town this summer.’
    nightclub, club, supper club
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French, literally ‘box’.