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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A week later, a group of bikini baristas and the owner of Hillbilly Hotties filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the crackdown violated their constitutional right to free expression and their right to privacy. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "No new bottom line in Everett’s bikini barista brouhaha," 19 Aug. 2019 After 2,500 Starbucks workers signed a petition, Starbucks agreed to their demand to drop its prohibition on baristas wearing visible tattoos. Steven Greenhouse, Time, "How Workers Can Level the Playing Field in Our Rigged Economy," 15 Aug. 2019 Sociologist Arline Horschild created the term in 1983 to describe the professional work that requires employees to manage their emotions—when waiters and baristas, for example, are forced to smile in the face of rude customers. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Feminist capitalism has quietly infiltrated our personal lives," 11 Aug. 2019 And man bun-sporting son Ramon (Daniel Zovatto) had intimate encounters with Henry, a barista Ramon met at Spin Laundry Lounge., "What TV and movies say about Oregon: We’ve got sex on the brain, weirdos, and tons of supernatural creatures," 5 July 2019 The low-wage workers, Middleton said, include daycare workers, baristas and people who bag groceries. Sarah Smith, Houston Chronicle, "Working minimum wage in Houston? You need to work 112 hours to afford a 2BR apartment.," 18 June 2019 Moms-to-be have made headlines recently for coffee shaming incidents as baristas and coffee shop customers pour out medical advice. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Shamers keep coming for pregnant women’s coffee. Science roasts their reasoning," 4 June 2019 Starbucks: Coffee lovers can even order a bag of Thanksgiving Blend to sip on after the big meal, but if your go-to drink is much better when crafted by a barista, most locations will still be open. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Starbucks, McDonald's, and Other Fast Food Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day," 12 Oct. 2018 Etsy seller CuddleBearBaby has come up with a set of playful, pumpkin spice-themed felt toys to get your baby barista-in-training in on the seasonal trend. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Pumpkin Spice Latte Kids' Toys," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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