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café an informal restaurant, coffee shop, or barroom that usually specializes in simple meals, coffees, and desserts.
café au lait hot coffee mixed with an equal amount of hot or scalded milk. [2 definitions]
café curtains short unpleated curtains, esp. for covering the lower half of a window.
café noir black coffee (French); coffee without milk or cream.
cafeteria a dining hall or restaurant in which customers select or are served their food at a counter and carry it on trays to their tables.
cafetorium a room or building that is used both as a cafeteria and an auditorium to save space, money, or both.
caffeine a bitter substance that occurs naturally in coffee, tea, chocolate, and certain other substances and has stimulant and diuretic effects.
caftan a loose, full-length garment with long sleeves and a sash tied at the waist, worn esp. in countries of the Middle East.
cage a boxlike enclosure having some sections covered by wire or bars and used to confine and often to display animals or birds. [4 definitions]
cagey careful not to be trapped or taken advantage of; wary; shrewd.
cahoots (informal) partnership or collusion of a disreputable sort (prec. by "in").
caiman any of several tropical American reptiles similar to crocodiles or alligators.
Cain according to the Old Testament, the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy.
caïque a small single-masted sailing vessel used in the eastern Mediterranean. [2 definitions]
cairn a pile of stones put up as a landmark or monument.
Cairo the capital of Egypt.
caisson a watertight chamber used in constructing or repairing underwater structures. [2 definitions]
caisson disease see "aeroembolism."
cajole to coax or persuade insistently, as by flattery or false promises.
Cajun a person of French Acadian descent, now usu. native to Louisiana. [2 definitions]
cake a sweet, baked food made with flour, sugar, and eggs, often in the form of a loaf or round layers. [4 definitions]