What does Coffee mean?

Definitions for Coffee
ˈkɔ fi, ˈkɒf icof·fee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coffee, javanoun

    a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans

    "he ordered a cup of coffee"

  2. coffee, coffee treenoun

    any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans

  3. coffee bean, coffee berry, coffeenoun

    a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee

  4. chocolate, coffee, deep brown, umber, burnt umbernoun

    a medium brown to dark-brown color


  1. Coffeenoun

    a cup of coffee, especially one served in a restaurant; as, we each had two donuts and a coffee; three coffees to go.

  2. Coffeenoun

    a social gathering at which coffee is served, with optional other foods or refreshments.

  3. Coffeenoun

    a color ranging from medium brown to dark brown.

  4. Coffeenoun



  1. coffeenoun

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

  2. coffeenoun

    The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed 'beans' due to their shape.

  3. coffeenoun

    A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.

  4. coffeenoun

    The end of the mealwhere coffee is usually served.

    He did not stay for coffee.

  5. coffeeadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COFFEEnoun

    The tree is a species of Arabick Jessamine, which see.

    Etymology: It is originally Arabick, pronounced caheu by the Turks, and cahuah by the Arabs.

    It is found to succeed as well in the Caribbee islands as in their native place of growth: but whether the coffee produced in the West Indies will prove as good as that from Mocha in Arabia Felix, time will discover. The berry brought from the Levant is most esteemed; and the berry, when ripe, is found as hard as horn. Philip Miller.

    Coffee also denotes a drink prepared from the berries, very familiar in Europe for these eighty years, and among the Turks for one hundred and fifty. Some refer the invention of coffee to the Persians; from whom it was learned, in the fifteenth century, by a mufti of Aden, a city near the mouth of the Red Sea, where it soon came in vogue, and passed from thence to Mecca, and from Arabia Felix to Cairo. from Egypt the use of coffee advanced to Syria and Constantinople. Thevenot, the traveller, was the first who brought it into France; and a Greek servant, called Pasqua, brought into England by Mr. Daniel Edwards, a Turky merchant, in 1652, to make his coffee, first set up the profession of coffeeman, and introduced the drink among us; though some say Dr. Harvey had used it before. Ephraim Chambers.

    They have in Turky a drink called coffee, made of a berry of the same name, as black as soot, and of a strong scent, but not aromatical; which they take, beaten into powder, in water, as hot as they can drink it. This drink comforteth the brain and heart, and helpeth digestion. Francis Bacon.

    To part her time ’twixt reading and bohea,
    Or o’er cold coffee trifle with the spoon. Alexander Pope.


  1. Coffee

    Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Darkly colored, bitter, and slightly acidic, coffee has a stimulating effect on humans, primarily due to its caffeine content. It has the highest sales in the world market for hot drinks.Seeds of the Coffea plant's fruits are separated to produce unroasted green coffee beans. The beans are roasted and then ground into fine particles that are typically steeped in hot water before being filtered out, producing a cup of coffee. It is usually served hot, although chilled or iced coffee is common. Coffee can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways (e.g., espresso, French press, caffè latte, or already-brewed canned coffee). Sugar, sugar substitutes, milk, and cream are often used to mask the bitter taste or enhance the flavor. Though coffee is now a global commodity, it has a long history tied closely to food traditions around the Red Sea. The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking in the form of the modern beverage appears in modern-day Yemen from the mid-15th century in Sufi shrines, where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed in a manner similar to current methods. The Yemenis procured the coffee beans from the Ethiopian Highlands via coastal Somali intermediaries and began cultivation. By the 16th century, the drink had reached the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, later spreading to Europe. In the 20th century, coffee became a global commodity, creating different coffee cultures around the world. The two most commonly grown coffee bean types are C. arabica and C. robusta. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa. As of 2018, Brazil was the leading grower of coffee beans, producing 35% of the world's total. Green, unroasted coffee is traded as an agricultural commodity. Despite sales of coffee reaching billions of dollars worldwide, farmers producing coffee beans disproportionately live in poverty. Critics of the coffee industry have also pointed to its negative impact on the environment and the clearing of land for coffee-growing and water use.


  1. coffee

    Coffee is a dark brown aromatic beverage made by brewing the roasted or ground seeds of various tropical trees of the genus Coffea. It is typically served hot, and is known for its high caffeine content. The coffee plant is native to Ethiopia but is nowadays cultivated in regions worldwide, notably in Brazil and Vietnam. Additionally, the term "coffee" can refer to the coffee beans themselves, which are the seeds of the coffee cherries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coffeenoun

    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

  2. Coffeenoun

    the coffee tree

  3. Coffeenoun

    the beverage made from the roasted and ground berry

  4. Etymology: [Turk. qahveh, Ar. qahuah wine, coffee, a decoction of berries. Cf. Caf.]


  1. Coffee

    Coffee is a brewed beverage with a distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The seeds are found in coffee "berries", which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Green coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee is slightly acidic and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Wild coffee's energizing effect was likely first discovered in the northeast region of Ethiopia. Coffee cultivation first took place in southern Arabia; the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia. The beverage was also banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coffee

    kof′ē, n. a drink made from the seeds of the coffee-tree, a native of Arabia: the powder made by roasting and grinding the seeds.—ns. Coff′ee-bean, the seed of the coffee-plant; Coff′ee-berr′y, the fruit of the coffee-tree; Coff′ee-bug, the Lecanium coffeæ, destructive to the coffee-plant; Coff′ee-cup, a cup for coffee; Coff′ee-house, a house where coffee and other refreshments are sold; Coff′ee-mill, a small mill or machine for grinding coffee-beans; Coff′ee-pot, a pot or vessel in which coffee is prepared and served; Coff′ee-room, a room in a hotel where coffee and other refreshments are served. [Turk. qahveh—Ar. qahwah, orig. meaning wine.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Coffee

    A beverage made from ground COFFEA beans (SEEDS) infused in hot water. It generally contains CAFFEINE and THEOPHYLLINE unless it is decaffeinated.

Editors Contribution

  1. coffee

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed, shrub or tree created and cultivated in a variety of species.

    Coffee is drank globally all over the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 18, 2016  

  2. coffee

    A type of drink created in various forms.

    Coffee is loved globally and drank by many people in various forms.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 18, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coffee is ranked #5585 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coffee surname appeared 6,223 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Coffee.

    68.5% or 4,264 total occurrences were White.
    23.7% or 1,480 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 175 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 171 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 106 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Coffee' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1729

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Coffee' in Written Corpus Frequency: #883

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Coffee' in Nouns Frequency: #693

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coffee in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coffee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Coffee in a Sentence

  1. Emmanuel Macron:

    I really want to piss them off, and we'll carry on doing this - to the end, i won't send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.

  2. Wesley D'Amico:

    Coffee connects me to the world, wine disconnects me”.

  3. David Kao:

    Coffee and caffeine are often considered by the general population to be' bad' for the heart because people associate them with palpitations, high blood pressure, etc. The consistent relationship between increasing caffeine consumption and decreasing heart failure risk turns that assumption on its head.

  4. Omar Abule:

    Sitting on Lido Beach, having tea or coffee in the evening, you can see different colors and feel sometimes that you are in another world.

  5. Anaïs Nin:

    A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked

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