espresso

noun
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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Coffee and espresso beverages are provided by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County restaurants start the season with summer specials," 21 June 2018 Other perks include unlimited coffee, espresso and snacks, beer. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Passion, mission, recognition propel 21 new companies to list," 7 June 2018 For its drip coffee and espresso, Plein Air uses Four Letter Word, while its cold brew comes from Metric. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "What's in a cup? Chicago specialty roasters showcase sips in all shades of black," 9 Nov. 2017 These are now headphones that start the day with a double espresso instead of a quadruple. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 Pack the aluminum filter with freshly ground espresso. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "The O.G. Stovetop Espresso Maker Is Still the Best," 5 Nov. 2018 These bewitching brownies have a hint of espresso flavor and a cream cheese topping. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Black-Bottom Brownies," 21 Sep. 2018 The bitter espresso swirls with the rich cream for a reviving finish to the meal. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 The espresso at Grandma’s Coffee House, a family-run operation that’s been in business for over 100 years, is the best on the island. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Maui Needs To Be Your Next Girls Trip," 19 Nov. 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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espresso

noun

English Language Learners Definition of espresso

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

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