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 steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans
2 : a cup of espresso

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Choose from four box varieties, which can include flavors such as Arabica espresso and edamame sea salt. Nia Martin, The Seattle Times, "Valentine’s Day gifts that celebrate your Seattle love," 4 Feb. 2019 The centerpiece, a replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, was surrounded by white garden furniture, roses, and a dreamy circulation of Negronis, Veuve, and espresso martinis. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 In fact, the latter has a signature cupcake called the Cup o' Jo (a chocolate cupcake with espresso buttercream on top) that seems designed to pair with a latte. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Opening a Coffee Shop in Waco, Texas," 20 Feb. 2019 Casual Sophistication EKESTAD cabinets in a deep espresso brown lend an air of sophistication, even when your kitchen is overrun by kids. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Since Black Friday is also National Espresso Day, Dunkin Donuts is offering espresso shots in any drink for 50 cents extra. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "8 Black Friday 2018 Food Deals," 21 Nov. 2018 The shop does single-origin blends as well as four brew styles: pour over, Aeropress regular, Aeropress short, and espresso. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Although business abroad has been booming and the chain has been opening more and more cafes, U.S. sales growth has stalled for the company that brought espresso to the masses. Leslie Patton,, "Starbucks plans to open fewer stores in U.S. while closing many in larger cities," 19 June 2018 This dish is more like tiramisu, soaked in espresso. Kara Baskin,, "Has Boston cream pie been manipulated beyond recognition? It’s a question with many layers.," 21 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of espresso

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

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