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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There are the kitchen’s butcher block counters as well, carefully curated with classic appliances that Offaim allows himself, including a juicer, a massive sandwich maker for the kids, his beloved Arkstrom mixer and Faema E61 espresso machine. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018 The vibe at Push & Pour hums all day long with the whirl and hiss of an espresso machine and the rich aromas of coffee. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "First craft beer, now craft coffee on the rise in the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 The beverage menu includes coffee and espresso, tea and herbs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "FOLK cafe and coffee shop now open in Corktown," 12 Apr. 2018 In October, Nordstrom opened an experimental store called Nordstrom Local in West Los Angeles where customers can meet with a personal stylist, have clothing tailored, get a manicure and sip an espresso. Ronald D. White,, "Nike knows what Angelenos like to buy. Its new data-driven store will stock those products," 12 July 2018 This refreshing — and syrup- and dairy-free! — drink features vanilla bean powder and coconut milk shaken with ice and topped with shots of our Signature espresso. Blake Bakkila,, "Starbucks Just Released a Dairy-Free Drink—But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy," 10 July 2018 In the morning, check out the spa—but not before sipping an espresso on your room’s terrace or, better yet, jaunting to the main building for the (impressive) breakfast spread. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 At The Pearl, for example, enjoy an espresso under Edison bulbs inside or linger over a latte by the courtyard in front of Cured. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Top 5 coffee shops in San Antonio," 4 June 2018 A decade ago, Starbucks closed stores to teach baristas to make espresso. Frank Witsil And Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, "Starbucks: Training isn't a solution for racial bias, but a first step," 29 May 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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