ba·​ris·​ta | \ bə-ˈrē-stə How to pronounce barista (audio) , bä-ˈrē-stä \

Definition of barista

: a person who makes and serves coffee (such as espresso) to the public

Examples of barista in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seidel, who before the trials made ends meet as a babysitter and a barista, added another job to her résumé: working for Instacart. New York Times, 6 Nov. 2021 Connan Moody is an Atlanta native who honed his craft in New York as a barista and mixologist, before moving back home to open the multi-faceted coffee bar / wine shop / butcher / specialty sandwich destination around the corner. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Casey is a Starbucks barista, graduate student and graphic designer. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The Clemson University graduate had worked as a barista at Los Angeles' Bourgeois Pig coffee shop. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2021 The days of a barista knowing your name may be waning., 25 Oct. 2021 This is perfect for listening out for a travel announcement or chatting to, say, a barista without needing to take the earbuds out. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Watch through the truck's little window as a barista vigorously shakes the concoction in a cocktail shaker to create a foamy, frothy drink that delivers everything peanut butter fans are looking for. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Hilliman was working as a barista at Story & Soil coffee shop, just down the block from where La Paloma Sabanera used to be. Susan Dunne,, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of barista

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barista

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

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“Barista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barista

: someone who makes and serves coffee and coffee drinks (such as cappuccino) to customers


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