ba·​ris·​ta bə-ˈrē-stə How to pronounce barista (audio)
: a person who makes and serves coffee (such as espresso) to the public

Examples of barista in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than waiting for a barista, customers create their drinks from various toppings and tea flavors for a flat rate of $6 per cup. Irene Adeline Milanez, Sacramento Bee, 8 June 2024 For convenient snacks and take-away foods, there’s a gourmet market, Dean & DeLuca, and Island Country Markets, with a bakery, deli, wines, and barista. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2024 Roan first signed to a major label at 17 and was dropped five years later, a setback that compelled her to move back to her Missouri hometown and work as a barista to fund her career. Shaad D’souza, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Courtney Crawford is a barista at a Starbucks in Little Rock, Arkansas. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for barista 

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Word History


Italian, person working behind a bar, from bar bar (from English) + - ista -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barista was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Barista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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