café Americano


ca·​fé Amer·​i·​cano ka-ˈfā-ə-ˌmer-ə-ˈkä-nō How to pronounce café Americano (audio)
variants or less commonly cafe Americano
: coffee consisting of espresso diluted with hot water
And what if food isn't involved—because, you know, Starbucks exists—but you're still alone together sipping your café Americano. Is that cool?James Fell

Word History


borrowed from Spanish café americano or Italian caffè americano, literally, "American coffee"

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of café Americano was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Café Americano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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