[ kaw-fee, kof-ee ]
/ ˈkɔ fi, ˈkɒf i /



Origin of coffee

1590–1600; < Italian caffè < Turkish kahve < Arabic qahwah

Example sentences from the Web for coffee

British Dictionary definitions for coffee

/ (ˈkɒfɪ) /


  1. a drink consisting of an infusion of the roasted and ground or crushed seeds of the coffee tree
  2. (as modifier)coffee grounds
Also called: coffee beans the beanlike seeds of the coffee tree, used to make this beverage
short for coffee tree
  1. a medium to dark brown colour
  2. (as adjective)a coffee carpet
wake up and smell the coffee See wake 1 (def. 7)

Word Origin for coffee

C16: from Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwah coffee