Definition of coffee in US English:

coffee

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’
    • ‘I drank endless cups of coffee and cinnamon tea.’
    • ‘We wouldn't think of having a seminar without serving food or coffee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If we have a meeting, the staff has to buy the coffee.’
    • ‘Australians drink coffee in smaller cups, our baristas tend to swirl the milk a little less, and we have completely different terminology.’
    • ‘Wendy's heart was pumping violently in her chest, as if she'd drunk ten cups of coffee in so many minutes.’
    • ‘I am now drinking the coffee directly from the carafe, attempting to wake up.’
    • ‘Michael slid off the saddle and walked up to the mess wagon as Jeff poured him a cup of coffee.’
    • ‘Concrete benches provide seating for local workers to enjoy lunches and coffee breaks, while cypress trees form a buffer to the park precinct.’
    • ‘He yawned loudly, taking a drink of coffee from the plastic cup he was holding.’
    • ‘At 7:30 in the morning we're going to be serving cookies, coffee and donuts completely for free.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, only 8 percent of regular coffee drinkers drink decaf.’
    • ‘I usually just drink ordinary dark roast coffee, as strong as possible.’
    • ‘I quit drinking coffee and bought a bottle of caffeine tablets.’
    • ‘I pulled on my jacket and glanced at my mother who was drinking her coffee through a Styrofoam cup.’
    • ‘Chelsea pours herself a cup of coffee, drinking it black and scalding hot.’
    • ‘Dmitri poured another cup of coffee and drank it down in two swallows.’
    • ‘He drank the rest of his cup of coffee and ground out the cigarette in the ashtray.’
    • ‘Siobhan took another drink of her coffee, putting the cup down.’
    • ‘A team of volunteers serve tea, coffee and food.’
    joe, java
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    1. 1.1 A cup of coffee.
      ‘she'll buy you a coffee’
      • ‘Cafe de Paris in Prague is the best place to have an afternoon coffee and a good drink to start the evening.’
      • ‘My lower back is moist from the excursion of making a coffee and drinking it.’
      • ‘As Miguel stood chatting to Cindy, Donella sat alone drinking a coffee when Clare came in.’
      • ‘Actually he and I are talking about getting together on Saturday afternoon for a coffee.’
      • ‘He remembered that he wanted to buy something to drink; perhaps he could offer to buy her a coffee?’
      • ‘Sometimes they just like a coffee or a cold drink.’
      • ‘I might have spent it in a cafe, looking sophisticated, reading a book and drinking a coffee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After watching a few hours of TV I went to drink a coffee and met some of my local friends.’
      • ‘In my opinion they deserve to get burnt if they are stupid enough to drive whilst drinking a coffee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no enthusiasm to risk a sweet, but one of our party fancied a coffee.’
      • ‘We sat there, drinking a black coffee with 3 sugars in it whilst listening to the pub singer.’
      • ‘One woman bought a coffee to wash down a white pill.’
      • ‘The inspector drank an enormous coffee, twenty times the size of an espresso.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was sitting in front of the news drinking a coffee.’
    2. 1.2 Coffee seeds raw, roasted and ground, or processed into a powder that dissolves in hot water.
      ‘a jar of instant coffee’
      • ‘The company says it paid an average of $1.20 a pound for the unroasted coffee it bought last year.’
      • ‘Famine was a regular occurrence, while spices, coffee and sugar were sucked out for Western markets at vast profit to Dutch business.’
      • ‘He stated that he funded his habit by shoplifting coffee and soap powder which he would then sell on to buy drugs.’
      • ‘He had purchased supplies; coffee, flour, sugar, and a few sacks of sweet wheat middling, without salt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The gifts offered to health professionals amounted to a jar of instant coffee and some non-medical books.’
      • ‘Despite shortages of certain items like instant coffee, sugar, and most of our milk powder, the food was lasting well.’
      • ‘He filled the coffee-maker with water and spooned in ground coffee from a smoked-glass jar.’
      • ‘Over the last 10 years, the quality of instant coffee has improved significantly.’
      • ‘All right, instant coffee has its place alongside other short cuts in life.’
      • ‘Put your instant coffee and sugar into your cup, then a dash of the old boiling and start stirring vigorously.’
      • ‘Others may choose to boil water in a pot on the stove and add instant or finely ground coffee.’
      • ‘She found nothing of the sort, so she started looking through the cupboards for instant coffee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Burundi and Rwanda are predominantly agricultural economies with their primary exports being coffee and tea.’
      • ‘In memorium, though, I will now always try to buy sustainably grown coffee as promoted by the foundation.’
      • ‘Instant coffee is made principally from Robusta beans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank encourage indebted countries to export primary goods such as coffee, cocoa or copper.’
      • ‘Finding a kettle and some instant coffee, he made himself a steaming mug-full and wandered through to the living room.’
    3. 1.3 A pale brown color like that of coffee mixed with milk.
      • ‘The woman's hair flowed behind down to her waist where barrettes were clipped onto her coffee brown hair.’
      • ‘Its coffee brown doors were flailing around in the sudden wind.’
      • ‘They walked along the same succulent sea by which pasty-white holiday makers tend to flop in order to obtain coffee brown tans.’
      • ‘Natural colours such as sienna, coffee, verdure, burgundy, metal and champagne are chosen as ambient colours.’
      • ‘There are single, doubles, anemone-flowered forms, and an amazing choice of colour variations - from coffee through to citrus yellow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She saw the face of an ugly man with dirty brown hair and coffee colored eyes.’
      • ‘Some give cooler hues of mushroom, putty or milky coffee.’
      • ‘Her coffee brown eyes were sharp and darkened with every word she uttered.’
      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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    4. 1.4 A party or reception at which coffee is served.
      ‘going to coffees and answering questions’
  • 2The shrub of the bedstraw family that yields the coffee seeds, two of which are contained in each red berry. Native to the Old World tropics, most coffee is grown in tropical America.

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

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

Origin

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

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