Definition of cybercafe in US English:


(also cybercafé)


  • A cafe that offers Internet access on computers that it owns, or via Wi-Fi on patrons' computers.

    • ‘Like other ideas before it - radio, home computers, the Internet, cybercafes - wireless networks have moved from hobbyist fun to big business.’
    • ‘Surely no commercial enterprise such as a cybercafe would be established in places were community telecentres are located.’
    • ‘The rest access the Net either from work or from cybercafes, libraries, friends' houses or schools.’
    • ‘In China, outside news sites are banned, dissident sites are shut down, and cybercafes are not allowed to be within 200 metres of schools for fear that they could taint the nation's youth.’
    • ‘If it traces to a cybercafe, its owner may have customer records.’
    • ‘It has shut down cybercafes, closed Web sites, blocked access to content and arrested people for posting messages online.’
    • ‘Chinese officials have shut down almost 2,000 cybercafes over Net addiction fears.’
    • ‘They're doing this to get free source code contributions from people in cybercafes in New Zealand.’
    • ‘The programme also showed the wizards gathered round a computer terminal in a Christchurch cybercafe looking at my new home page and listening awestruck to my plans for world domination which include high jacking the internet.’
    • ‘Such generic orders could have a significant impact on the privacy of innocent users, particularly those who access the internet through libraries, university computer labs and cybercafes.’
    • ‘In February, Shanghai officials raided and shut down 127 unlicensed cybercafes - it claimed they ‘corrupt the minds of young people’ and posed a threat to state secrets.’
    • ‘However, cybercafes are commercial establishments that offer access services to Internet users for a fee, without considering the type of use that is made of the technology or the information.’
    • ‘Your washing machine can be directed to soak and spin while you drink coffee in a cybercafe.’
    • ‘In 2001, Chinese officials shut down around 2,000 cybercafes - and suspended a further 4,000-because of fears the country's youngsters were becoming addicted to the Net.’
    • ‘Miffed and thirsty, some filed out to find solace in pricey cybercafes, while others decided to plump for the free buffet chicken wings.’
    • ‘Copies of the guide will also be distributed at computer outlets and cybercafes.’
    • ‘It has also been known to shut down cybercafes for being too near to schools, and is cracking down on foreign investment in its online economy.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, the Finance Ministry announced that anyone who operates a PC for commercial use in public areas - such as cybercafes, hotels, and clubs - must now pay tax for each machine.’
    • ‘In addition there is the cost of access at cybercafes - the commercial Internet service providers in the capital city.’
    • ‘Because personal computers are still expensive by China's income standard, most people access the internet from cybercafes or from offices.’