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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An espresso, a convivial greeting, and a pastel de nata (an eggy custard tart) start the day. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 Her cookie line up is equally impressive: chocolate chip, chocolate espresso, molasses ginger, health balls, monster, and peanut butter. Denise Coffey,, "Baking The Best For NE CT Farmers Markets," 10 June 2019 Coffee cocktails in general — and espresso martinis in particular — are still rare finds on contemporary cocktail menus in the United States. Jordan Michelman,, "What’s brewing in Chinatown: a microguide to four unique coffee bars," 21 June 2019 Our Tiramisu with mascarpone, amaretto & white espresso gelato is the sweetest ending to any feast. Michael Mayo,, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 Buy one espresso or Frappuccino drink in a size grande or larger, and get a second one free. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "How To Get A Free Starbucks Frappuccino Today," 20 June 2019 Photo: Nico Schinco for The Wall Street Journal Robusta beans give Italian espresso its oomph. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 Do as the locals do: Pair an eggy pastry with a strong bica (espresso). Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 Choose three flavors from chocolate caramel sea salt, olive oil, vanilla, Oreo and other daily specials, or pick a single flavor and pour an espresso shot over top of it for an end-of-meal affogato. Josie Sexton, The Know, "10 frozen treats to try around Denver this summer," 3 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of espresso

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

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