demi·​tasse ˈde-mi-ˌtas How to pronounce demitasse (audio)
: a small cup of black coffee
also : the cup used to serve it

Examples of demitasse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, amid the clutter of demitasses and empty sugar wrappers, was a large human lower jawbone. James Shreeve, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 For those not enamored with the demitasse of First Four games, here’s a look at the entire first-round schedule. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2023 To say that Cruz’s comments caught the attention of baristas nationwide would be a demitasse of understatement. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2022 For a dairy showstopper: When chilled, chop mold coarsely, spoon into demitasse cups or wine glasses. Ethel G. Hofman, Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 Then, lock the portafilter into the machine, position your demitasse glass — a 2- to 3-ounce glass meant to hold espresso — or other vessel underneath, and start your shot. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 The only thing out of place is a half-drunk coffee on the desk and another demitasse on the windowsill. Monica Kim, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2022

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Word History


French demi-tasse, from demi- + tasse cup, from Middle French, from Arabic ṭass — more at tazza

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demitasse was in 1842

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“Demitasse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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demi·​tasse ˈdem-i-ˌtas How to pronounce demitasse (audio)
: a small cup of black coffee
also : the cup used to serve it

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