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

Examples of espresso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allow the machine ten minutes to dry before putting making yourself a delicious cup of espresso or coffee. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, "How to Clean a Nespresso Machine," 9 Apr. 2021 This stylish chrome coffee maker can brew two sizes using different capsules for either regular coffee or espresso. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to create a coffee station in your home office," 2 Apr. 2021 It’s made with Irish cream, vanilla breve (which is steamed half and half) and six shots of espresso. Black Rock Coffee Bar opened March 19, 2021 at 7900 Woodbridge Parkway in Sachse. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "12 new restaurants — tacos, coffee, steak — in Dallas-Fort Worth in March 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 Originating in Italy, moka pots produce dark, strong, and espresso-like coffee. Caroline Harris, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Camping Coffee Makers, According to Thousands of Outdoor Enthusiasts," 20 Mar. 2021 An on-site coffee roastery will allow the company to roast its own beans for its full line of coffee, cold brew, specialty espresso drinks and frozen coffee drinks. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "The family behind some of metro Phoenix's most famous bagels is opening a new restaurant," 18 Mar. 2021 Amazon Brew single-serve coffee or a shot of espresso at the press of a button. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "50 Gifts for Your Best Friend," 3 Mar. 2021 For extra energy, add maca powder or even a shot of espresso. Amy Thomas, Good Housekeeping, "7 Easy Twists to Your Overnight Oats," 12 Feb. 2021 Besides its famous location, this Red Bay will stand out from the others with new coffee classes and a snazzy, high-tech espresso machine: the Opera 2.0 from Italy’s Sanremo. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ferry Building lands a location of Red Bay Coffee, Oakland's popular Black-owned cafe," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Espresso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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