Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Miss Avice won't be down, sir, and I'm to fetch her up a pot of coffee, sir.

"Another cup of coffee, Mrs. Davis," he said, passing his cup across the table.

When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.

Hey, Scottie, shake up the fire and put on some coffee, will you?

The pouring of coffee may be done at the table or in the kitchen.

Tell briefly about the preparation of coffee for the market.

Katie brought his coffee to his room, and he drank it standing.

At last he asked K. to mind the door until he got some coffee.

They went into the dining-room, and the dealer called for coffee at once.

Jack Bates looked up from emptying the third spoon of sugar into his coffee.


c.1600, from Italian caffe, from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwah "coffee," said originally to have meant "wine," but perhaps rather from Kaffa region of Ethiopia, a home of the plant (coffee in Kaffa is called buno, which was borrowed into Arabic as bunn "raw coffee"). Much initial diversity of spelling, including chaoua.

Yemen was the first great coffee exporter and to protect its trade decreed that no living plant could leave the country. In 16c., a Muslim pilgrim brought some coffee beans from Yemen and raised them in India. Appeared in Europe (from Arabia) c.1515-1519. Introduced to England by 1650, and by 1675 the country had more than 3,000 coffee houses. Coffee plantations established in Brazil 1727. Meaning "a light meal at which coffee is served" is from 1774. Coffee break attested from 1952, at first often in glossy magazine advertisements by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau. Coffee pot from 1705.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.