Definition of kopitiam in US English:

kopitiam

(also kopi tiam)

noun

Malaysian English, Singapore English
  • A coffee-house or informal restaurant serving traditional Malay and Chinese fare.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Business Times (Singapore). From (i) Malay kopi tiam.

Pronunciation

kopitiam

/ˈkɒpɪˌtiːəm/