espresso

noun
espres·so | \e-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō \
variants: or less commonly \ik-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō \
plural espressos

Definition of espresso 

1 : coffee brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans

2 : a cup of espresso

Examples of espresso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The beverage menu includes coffee and espresso, tea and herbs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "FOLK cafe and coffee shop now open in Corktown," 12 Apr. 2018 In October, Nordstrom opened an experimental store called Nordstrom Local in West Los Angeles where customers can meet with a personal stylist, have clothing tailored, get a manicure and sip an espresso. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "Nike knows what Angelenos like to buy. Its new data-driven store will stock those products," 12 July 2018 This refreshing — and syrup- and dairy-free! — drink features vanilla bean powder and coconut milk shaken with ice and topped with shots of our Signature espresso. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Starbucks Just Released a Dairy-Free Drink—But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy," 10 July 2018 In the morning, check out the spa—but not before sipping an espresso on your room’s terrace or, better yet, jaunting to the main building for the (impressive) breakfast spread. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 At The Pearl, for example, enjoy an espresso under Edison bulbs inside or linger over a latte by the courtyard in front of Cured. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Top 5 coffee shops in San Antonio," 4 June 2018 A decade ago, Starbucks closed stores to teach baristas to make espresso. Frank Witsil And Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, "Starbucks: Training isn't a solution for racial bias, but a first step," 29 May 2018 In addition to their espresso, drip coffee and tea selection, Damn Fine gets daily deliveries from Floriole and Do Rite Donuts. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best 'damn fine' coffee (and pie) in Chicago to get caffeinated for the 'Twin Peaks' premiere," 22 May 2017 The restaurant will also serve espresso and new baked goods, Tofanelli said, in addition to its flagship breakfast dishes and burgers. The Bee's Benjy Egel is launching a new effort to cover Sacramento's dining and beer scene. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "FlapJacks Diner getting ready to reopen original restaurant two years after fire," 30 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'espresso.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of espresso

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for espresso

Italian (caffè) espresso, probably literally, coffee made on the spot at the customer's request

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about espresso

Listen to Our Podcast about espresso

Statistics for espresso

Last Updated

17 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for espresso

The first known use of espresso was in 1945

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for espresso

espresso

noun

English Language Learners Definition of espresso

: strong coffee that is made by forcing steam through finely ground roasted coffee beans

More from Merriam-Webster on espresso

Spanish Central: Translation of espresso

Nglish: Translation of espresso for Spanish Speakers

Comments on espresso

What made you want to look up espresso? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!