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.

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

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    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. David Greenfield:

    Just like drinking and driving, people have a very poor perception of impact, so, in other words, people will be doing their normal thing, they'll be driving and balancing their cell phone and drinking their coffee, and they'll say to you, and they'll mean it, that they are not impacted ... but actually we know from a lot of data and research that that is absolutely not true.

  2. Stephen Josoma:

    There’s cities, nursing homes, coffee shops, military installations, churches, theaters.

  3. Orson Welles:

    There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.

  4. Jessica Dilullo Herrin:

    The very first thing I do is go to the kitchen to grab some coffee. But after that, I start my day with two habits: meditation and exercise, i need strength in mind and body to be able to go do everything else my day requires, so I focus on self care. It’s like putting on my own oxygen mask. I know if I take care of myself then I’ll be able to take better care of everyone else.

  5. Jemal Ahmed:

    One hundred percent of our coffee could be exported once we attained the quality we need.

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    • A. flabby
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