coffee Definition

  • 1a hot drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical shrub
  • 2the shrub of the bedstraw family that yields the coffee seeds, several species of which are cultivated for their seeds

Using coffee: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "coffee" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need a cup of coffee to start my day.

  • Example

    Would you like some coffee with your breakfast?

  • Example

    She drinks coffee every morning.

  • Example

    He ordered a black coffee at the cafe.

coffee Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for coffee

Idioms Using coffee

  • a coffee that is ordered to be taken out of the coffee shop and consumed elsewhere


    I don't have time to sit down and drink my coffee, so I'll get a coffee to go.

  • a social gathering for coffee and conversation


    Every Wednesday, they have a coffee klatch at the community center.

  • coffee and doughnuts

    a simple and enjoyable combination of coffee and doughnuts


    I love having coffee and doughnuts for breakfast on weekends.

Phrases with coffee

  • a short rest period during the workday when people stop working and drink coffee or do other relaxing activities


    Let's take a coffee break and then get back to work.

  • a small restaurant that serves coffee and light refreshments


    We met at the coffee shop to discuss our project.

  • a low table used in living rooms to hold drinks, books, and other small items


    The remote control is on the coffee table.

Origins of coffee

from Ottoman Turkish 'kahve'


Summary: coffee in Brief

The term 'coffee' [ˈkɒfi] refers to a hot drink made from roasted and ground coffee beans, as well as the shrub that produces these beans. It is a popular beverage enjoyed by many, often consumed in the morning to start the day. Phrases like 'coffee break,' 'coffee shop,' and 'coffee table' extend the term's usage beyond the drink itself. Idioms like 'coffee to go' and 'coffee klatch' add additional context to the term.

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