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Alternative forms

  • coffée (rare)


From Dutch koffie (coffee) [from 1582], from Ottoman Turkish قهوه(kahve, coffee), from Arabic قَهْوَة(qahwa, coffee, a brew). The Arabic word originally referred to wine, a drink which was traditionally mixed and served hot in a similar manner. In Arabic "to brew" utilizes the same triliteral root as wine and intoxicant; see خ م ر(ḵ-m-r) to cover over, presumably with hot water. Other sources instead claim it traces back to the name of the Kaffa region of Ethiopia, which is an Omotic word. Doublet of café and caffè.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒ.fi/
  • (Conservative RP, dated) IPA(key): /ˈkɔː.fɪ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɔ.fi/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈkɑ.fi/
  • Homophone: coughy
  • Rhymes: -ɒfi, -ɔːfi
  • Hyphenation: cof‧fee


coffee (countable and uncountable, plural coffees)

  1. (uncountable) A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
    • "He was here," observed Drina composedly, "and father was angry with him." ¶ "What?" exclaimed Eileen. "When?" ¶ "This morning, before father went downtown." ¶ Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was served—cambric tea in Drina's case.
  2. (countable) A serving of this beverage.
    • 2008, Agnes Poirier, The Guardian, 12 April:
      As I sip a coffee at Brasserie Balzar, two well-known intellectuals, one publisher and a Sorbonne professor were discussing Sarkozy's future: "He won't finish his mandate" says one.
  3. The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape.
  4. The powder made by roasting and grinding the seeds.
  5. A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.
  6. A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
  7. The end of a meal, when coffee is served.


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Derived terms

Related terms

  • caffeine
  • kaffeeklatsch



See coffee/translations § Noun.


coffee (not comparable)

  1. Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
  2. Of a table: a small, low table suitable for people in lounge seating to put coffee cups on.


See coffee/translations § Adjective.


coffee (third-person singular simple present coffees, present participle coffeeing, simple past and past participle coffeed)

  1. (intransitive) To drink coffee.

See also

Further reading

  • The Origins of Coffe on Foodie’s Corner
  • Podictionary article on “coffee” including its relationship with wine
  • PBS documentary *Black Coffee, The Irresistible Bean. Discusses the origin of the word including the relationship with wine. Starts at 10:52

  • a powder made from the seeds of a tree of the madder family; a drink made from this.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)