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 NBC San Diego reported that the customer reportedly had pulled down her mask to speak to another barista. NBC News, "Mask request by Starbucks barista prompts customer tirade: 'This is America ... Trump 2020!'," 20 Oct. 2020 If becoming an amateur barista is next on your list, the Technivorm is a terrific place to start. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best single-serve coffee makers of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 Her work as a barista during graduate school was less so. New York Times, "The Baristas Finally Get to Recommend the Champagne," 12 Sep. 2020 Yoshawn Smith is lead barista at Patria Coffee in Compton. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s a list of Black-owned coffee shops in L.A., inspired by #BlackinBrew," 12 June 2020 The Detroit native, and MacKenzie High School grad, has been a barista at the Cass Corridor institution for the last several years, but he’s been involved in political organizing in the city for far longer., "Detroit activist Tristan Taylor lays out protesters' demands, decries curfew," 2 June 2020 The barista explains that the Chemex will give you the chance to experiment with making coffee for multiple cups versus just one. Dale Arden Chong, Glamour, "The Best Way to Make Coffee at Home—However You Take It," 29 Sep. 2020 The video shows Boss and the trooper talking for more than 30 seconds before Boss grabs a cup, giving it to the nearby barista to use to fill the order. oregonlive, "Oregon State Police don’t wear coronavirus masks as they patronize Corvallis coffee shop, despite governor’s order," 2 July 2020 Their regular latte, blended with pumpkin spice syrup from 1883, a flavor company, creates a rich and spicy cup of coffee, said Clint Ruark, a barista at Alchemy Coffee. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s pumpkin frenzy is already peaking as October beckons," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of barista was in 1982

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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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