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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coffeehouse  \Cof"fee*house`\,  n. 
  A  house  of  entertainment,  where  guests  are  supplied  with 
  coffee  and  other  refreshments,  and  where  men  meet  for 
  conversation. 
 
  The  coffeehouse  must  not  be  dismissed  with  a  cursory 
  mention.  It  might  indeed,  at  that  time,  have  been  not 
  improperly  called  a  most  important  political 
  institution.  .  .  .  The  coffeehouses  were  the  chief 
  organs  through  which  the  public  opinion  of  the 
  metropolis  vented  itself  .  .  .  Every  man  of  the  upper 
  or  middle  class  went  daily  to  his  coffeehouse  to  learn 
  the  news  and  discuss  it  Every  coffeehouse  had  one  or 
  more  orators,  to  whose  eloquence  the  crowd  listened 
  with  admiration,  and  who  soon  became  what  the 
  journalists  of  our  own  time  have  been  called  --  a 
  fourth  estate  of  the  realm.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coffeehouse 
  n  :  a  small  restaurant  where  drinks  and  snacks  are  sold  [syn:  {cafe}, 
  {coffee  shop},  {coffee  bar}] 




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