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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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 Would the baristas have been accused of fiddling with their milk steamers while Boston’s little slice of Rome burned? Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 Their ethos: Treat coffee not as some generic jolt of caffeine but as a fine wine or craft brew, paying close attention to everything from the farmers who grow the beans to the baristas who pour the finished product. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 The Memphis rapper on Friday gave the baristas the money after calling them up on stage, according to Revolt TV. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Young Dolph gives $20,000 to baristas fired for playing his rap song at Duke coffee shop | Charlotte Observer," 12 May 2018 The barista at Starbucks knows your order and your name. Redbook Editors, Redbook, "9 Signs You're Not Getting Eough Sleep," 14 May 2015

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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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