• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒ.fi/
  • (Conservative RP, dated) IPA: /ˈkɔː.fɪ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɔ.fi/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ˈkɑ.fi/


  1. (uncountable) A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 5, member 1, subsection v:
      The Turks have a drink called coffa (for they use no wine), so named of a berry as black as soot, and as bitter […], which they sip still of, and sup as warm as they can suffer […].
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "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.
    He did not stay for coffee.
Synonyms Related terms Adjective

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.

coffee (coffees, present participle coffeeing; past and past participle coffeed)

  1. (intransitive) To drink coffee.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. Ellipsis of Coffee County#English|Coffee County

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