Definition of Coffee

1. Noun. A beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans. "He ordered a cup of coffee"

2. Noun. Any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans.

3. Noun. A seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee.
Exact synonyms: Coffee Bean, Coffee Berry
Substance meronyms: Java
Group relationships: Coffee Tree
Generic synonyms: Seed

4. Noun. A medium brown to dark-brown color.
Exact synonyms: Burnt Umber, Chocolate, Deep Brown, Umber
Generic synonyms: Brown, Brownness
Derivative terms: Umber

Definition of Coffee

1. n. The "beans" or "berries" (pyrenes) obtained from the drupes of a small evergreen tree of the genus Coffea, growing in Abyssinia, Arabia, Persia, and other warm regions of Asia and Africa, and also in tropical America.

Definition of Coffee

1. Noun. A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water. ¹

2. Noun. The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape. ¹

3. Noun. A tropical plant of the genus ''Coffea''. ¹

4. Noun. A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee. ¹

5. Noun. The end of the meal—where coffee is usually served. ¹

6. Adjective. Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee. ¹

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Definition of Coffee

1. an aromatic, mildly stimulating beverage [n -S]

Medical Definition of Coffee

1. Rubiaceous trees or shrubs, coffea arabica and c. Robusta, that yield caffeine and theophylline. Ground beans or seeds are infused with water to make beverage. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Coffee

coffee (current term)
coffee-ground vomit
coffee-table book
coffee bar
coffee bars
coffee bean
coffee beans
coffee berry
coffee blight
coffee break
coffee breaks
coffee cake
coffee can

Literary usage of Coffee

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Analyst by Society of Public Analysts (Great Britain). (1881)
"The shopman said they did not keep Say's, but they had Franck's coffee and ... He should call witnesses who would tell the Court that coffee ranged from Is. ..."

2. Methods of Practical Hygiene by Karl Bernhard Lehmann (1893)
"In the cultivation of the coffee-tree in the tropical regions almost of the entire earth numerous qualities of the coffee- bean are obtained differing in ..."

3. The Analyst (1879)
"Mr. Dawson then divided the coffee into three lots, leaving one with the assistant, ... Mr. Lilley was entitled to sell coffee mixed with chicory, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1849)
"TEA and coffee enter more largely into the diet of the people of this country than into ... Tea and coffee are, besides, very palatable, produce temporary ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"The company were advised, by a letter of their agent, dated August 23, 1856, of the application of the plaintiff to have the coffee in question on the Mary ..."

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