- The definition of a bistro is a small restaurant that serves wine.
A little Italian restaurant with three or four tables that serves wine is an example of a bistro.
Tables outside a bistro in Rome.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a small wine shop or restaurant where wine is served
- a small nightclub or bar
Origin: French (Parisian) slang, wine shop, wine seller ; from bistraud, origin, originally (dial. of Anjou and amp; Poitou), a shepherd ; from biste, goat
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noun pl. bis·tros
- A small bar, tavern, or nightclub.
- A small, informal restaurant serving wine.
Origin: French bistro or bistrot, tavern owner, tavern.