From Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic قهوة (qahwa, “coffee”). Some Ethiopians claim a derivation from Kaffa, an ancient province of Ethiopia where coffee is said to have originated, but this etymology is highly improbable as it fails to explain the initial shift to the Arabic ‘qahwa’. At the same time, qahwa refers only to coffee in liquid form. When it is dry, either as beans or ground, Arabs call coffee بن (bunn). That word comes from ቡና (buna), the Amharic word for coffee.
Many sources state that the Arabic term meant ‘a brew’, especially wine.
coffee (countable and uncountable; plural coffees)
- A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.5.1.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 Chambers, chapter 4, The Younger Set:
- 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.
- 2008, Agnes Poirier, The Guardian, 12 Apr 2008:
- 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.
- The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed ‘beans’ due to their shape.
- A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.
- (Discuss(+) this sense) A pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
- The end of the meal—where coffee is usually served.
- He did not stay for coffee.
- Lithuanian: kava (lt) f
- Lojban: ckafi (jbo)
- Macedonian: кафе (mk) (káfe) n
- Malay: kopi (ms), kahwa (ms)
- Malayalam: കാപ്പി (ml) (kāppi)
- Marathi: काफी (mr) (kāphī) m
- Mari: кофе
- Moksha: кофе
- Mongolian: кофе (mn) (kofe)
- Nahuatl: cafentzin (nah)
- Navajo: gohwééh
- Bokmål: kaffe (no)
- Nynorsk: kaffi (no)
- Occitan: cafè (oc) m
- Ojibwe: makade-mashkikiwaaboo
- Papiamentu: kòfi
- Persian: قهوه (fa) (qahve)
- Polish: kawa (pl) f
- Portuguese: café (pt) m
- Punjabi: ਕਾਫ਼ੀ (pa) (kāfī) f
- Quechua: kaphiy (qu)
- Romanian: cafea (ro) f
- Russian: кофе (ru) (kófe) m and n (indeclinable)
- Northern: gáffe, káffe
- Campidanese Sardinian: caffeu
- Gallurese Sardinian: gaffè
- Logudorese Sardinian: caffei
- Sassarese Sardinian: caffè
- Scottish Gaelic: cofaidh (gd) m and f
- Cyrillic: кафа (sh) f, кава (sh) f, кахва (sh) f
- Roman: kafa (sh) f, kava (sh) f, kahva (sh) f
- Sinhalese: කෝපි (si) (kōpi)
- Slovak: káva (sk) f
- Slovene: kava (sl) f
- Sotho: kofi (st)
- Spanish: café (es) m, tinto (es) m
- Swahili: kahawa (sw)
- Swedish: kaffe (sv) n
- Tabassaran: кофе
- Tagalog: kape (tl)
- Tajik: қаҳва (tg) (qahva)
- Tamil: காபி (ta) (kāpi)
- Tatar: кофе (tt) (kofe), каһвә (tt) (kahvä)
- Telugu: కాఫీ (te) (kāphī)
- Tetum: kafé
- Thai: กาแฟ (th) (gaa-fae)
- Tok Pisin: kopi
- Turkish: kahve (tr)
- Turkmen: kofe (tk)
- Ukrainian: кава (uk) (káva) f
- Urdu: قہوہ (ur) (qahva) m, کوفی (ur) (kofī) f, کافی (ur) (kāfī) f
- Uyghur: قەھۋە (ug) (qehwe), قەھۋە (ug) (qehwe)
- Uzbek: kofe (uz), qahva (uz)
- Vietnamese: cà phê (vi)
- Volapük: kaf (vo)
- Võro: kohv
- Welsh: coffi (cy) m
- Yiddish: קאַווע (yi) (kave) f
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- Breton: kafeenn f (1), kafe m (beverage) (2), kafe (collective noun) (beans of coffee) (2)
- Tamil: காபி (kâpi)
coffee (not comparable)
- Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
Derived terms 
Terms derived from the noun or adjective coffee
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