espresso

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noun espres·so \ e-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō \
variants: or less commonly play \ik-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of espresso

plural espressos
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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Origin and Etymology of espresso

Italian (caffè) espresso, probably literally, coffee made on the spot at the customer's request


ESPRESSO Defined for English Language Learners

espresso

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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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