espres·​so | \ e-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce espresso (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ik-​ˈspre-​(ˌ)sō How to pronounce expresso (audio) \
plural espressos

Definition of espresso

1 : coffee brewed by forcing hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans
2 : a cup of espresso

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Recent Examples on the Web He has been known to guzzle a double espresso at halftime of Spurs games. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ Mills transforms love of coffee into domestic violence outreach — and a hashtag," 8 May 2020 Before dawn on the 5th of February, Captain Gennaro Arma sipped espresso in his tidy office, wondering how bad the news would be. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess," 30 Apr. 2020 This Kentucky bourbon spends 12 months in French oak barrels from the iconic Chappellet winery, adding notes of espresso and vanilla. Sunset Magazine, "Build the Ultimate Bar Cart with These Award-Winning Spirits," 12 Apr. 2020 Put a beanbag beneath their butts and a free espresso in their hands and these kids are suddenly leading employee walkouts and calling CEO Sundar Pichai a fascist. Will Swaim, National Review, "Can California Top Its Most Ironic Political Stories of 2019?," 3 Jan. 2020 Be sure to read through our other coffee guides as well, like the best latte and cappuccino machines, the best portable coffee makers, and the best portable espresso makers. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The Best Coffee Grinders," 7 May 2020 The coffeehouse's drink menu will feature Anodyne Coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, espresso shots, Rishi Tea, and smoothies. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former Oak Creek schoolhouse will soon be opening as a coffeehouse and bakery," 3 Mar. 2020 In addition to fixings for ice cream sandwiches, SMOOSH also offers cookies by the dozen, milkshakes and sundaes, and the SMOOSH Affogato -- an espresso shot and ice cream. al, "SMOOSH Cookies opening first Alabama location," 10 Jan. 2020 White, his long glossy hair falling to the shoulders of his white frock coat, pounded the stage like a man who’d downed a dozen espresso shots. Washington Post, "Earth, Wind & Fire is forever in the groove," 5 Dec. 2019

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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

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29 May 2020

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“Espresso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of espresso

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

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