Definition of affogato
: an Italian dessert of vanilla ice cream over which espresso has been poured The affogato can be sipped slowly or eaten with a spoon and is a great way to enjoy dessert, coffee, and an after-dinner drink all in one. — Philip Johnson, Bistro, 2004
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Origin and Etymology of affogato
borrowed from Italian, literally “drowned” (in compounds such as gelato affogato and affogato di gelato, referring to ice cream covered in a liquid), past participle of affogare “to drown,” going back to Vulgar Latin *affōcāre, alteration, by prefix substitution, of Latin offōcāre “to choke, throttle,” from ob- ob- + -fōcāre, verbal derivative of faucēs “throat” — more at fauces
First Known Use: 1992
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