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

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Sitting in jail in Anchorage, charged in the kidnapping and murder of a teenage Anchorage barista, FBI agents and an Anchorage police detective interviewed Keyes for dozens of hours between April and October of 2012. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Unsealed interviews detail two lives of Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes," 10 July 2012 The final and most powerful section of the book occurs away from the border, when Cantú, now a graduate student and coffee barista, befriends José, an undocumented groundskeeper. Gabriel Thompson, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border,’ by Francisco Cantú," 1 Feb. 2018 The job of the barista is to tune the physics to create perfect foams and then to choreograph the result to produce perfect art. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Magic Microbubbles of the Barista," 6 Sep. 2018 Waking from a late slumber, the neighborhood gently crescendos into joyful chaos, first signaled by the clink of tattooed baristas pouring the trendiest café con leches in the city. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 The barista, who mispronounces his name, is also on his list. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 Fit salesgirls, baristas, and 40-something moms capered around me in yoga pants and tiny tank tops. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "Scale and the City," 24 Sep. 2013 The west building's other amenities include a coffee bar with a full-time barista who will make free lattes for residents, a gym with treadmills overlooking the pool, and a bike lounge with a ping-pong table and beer tap. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pickleball, saltwater pool, dog park? Tour KC's new riverfront luxury apartments | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Ditto tips for hotel housekeepers, doormen, valets, baristas, and the like. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of barista

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

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