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noun     coffee pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a hot, slightly bitter drink made by pouring hot water over brown powder consisting of coffee beans that have been ground (=crushed into very small pieces). Coffee served without milk is called black coffee, and coffee with milk is white coffee

    Would you like a cup of coffee?

    Do you take sugar in your coffee?

    1. a.
      [countable] a cup of coffee

      Two coffees, please.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the crushed beans that you use to make coffee

      We need some more coffee.

    3. c.
      [only before noun] flavoured with coffee, or used for storing, making, or drinking coffee

      coffee cake/ice cream

      coffee cups

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a light brown colour
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