If you live in New England, a frappe is a delicious, creamy, frozen drink — in other words, it's a milkshake. Order a frappe at a diner in Idaho, however, and you'll probably get a confused look.

The meaning of the word frappe varies depending on what part of the world you're in. In Massachusetts or Maine, ordering a chocolate frappe will result in a milkshake: ice cream that's blended with syrup and sometimes milk which you can sip through a straw. In other areas, a frappe is a frozen coffee drink, a variation on fruity shaved ice, or even a crispy pastry. The French source is frappé, "made cold with ice."

Definitions of frappe
  1. noun
    thick milkshake containing ice cream
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    type of:
    milk shake, milkshake, shake
    frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
  2. noun
    a frozen dessert with fruit flavoring (especially one containing no milk)
    synonyms: ice
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    sorbet, water ice
    an ice containing no milk but having a mushy consistency; usually made from fruit juice
    type of:
    frozen dessert
    any of various desserts prepared by freezing
  3. noun
    liqueur poured over shaved ice
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    type of:
    a single serving of a beverage
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