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

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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 Including shades that cover a realistic and diverse range, from a frothy ivory to rich espresso, was never not an option for Wells., "We Tried Everything From Flesh Beauty — & Here's Our Unfiltered Opinion," 26 June 2018 Still, a shot of Mr. Black is like ½ to ⅓ a shot of espresso, not quite as big of a bang as a your regular morning latte, but palpable. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "This Very Cool Coffee Liqueur Means We Can Drink White Russians Again," 8 Feb. 2018 Even free haircuts are being given away on plastic chairs under a tent and a local cafe brought in an espresso and cappuccino machine to make fresh coffee. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Thai navy SEAL commander: 'Limited amount of time' left to rescue trapped soccer team," 6 July 2018 Gelato gets packed in a croissant, doused in espresso, and made into sundaes and shakes at this Disney Springs eatery. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 These micro-canines have gone beyond the teacup poodle to the single-shot-espresso-cup poodle. John Kelly, Washington Post, "If your air bag inflates, you don’t want your feet on the dashboard," 9 July 2018 Serve in individual ramekins or get fancy and pull out espresso cups or wine goblets. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Carefully spoon in the espresso over the cereal just to moisten. 4. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 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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