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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Recent Examples of espresso from the Web
Known for his deft use of color, Hart’s lineup included a mint suit over a riotous banana-print shirt, a pink guayabera worn with cantaloupe trousers, and an espresso-hued tuxedo that would be a good bet for the upcoming Emmy Awards red carpet.
If all this seems overwhelming, take a deep breath of espresso-scented air.
Joe—this four-shot-espresso-drinking, fluent-Spanish-speaking, 36-year-old redhead—is the one who ended that slump.
From 2 to 5 p.m., customers can get a complimentary second iced espresso drink of equal or lesser value.
In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder.
There’s an espresso bar, streetside patio seating and a gift shop.
Choose from a variety of dry-air diffusion capsules—seaside, espresso, even croissant.
June flavors include creamsicle, summer fizz, espresso caramel and strawberry basil.
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Origin and Etymology of espresso
Italian (caffè) espresso, probably literally, coffee made on the spot at the customer's request
First Known Use: 1945See Words from the same year
ESPRESSO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of espresso for English Language Learners
: strong coffee that is made by forcing steam through finely ground roasted coffee beans
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