espres·​so e-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce espresso (audio)
variants or less commonly
plural espressos also expressos
: coffee brewed by forcing hot water through finely ground usually darkly roasted coffee beans
: a cup of espresso

Examples of espresso in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of espresso was in 1930


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Cite this Entry

“Espresso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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espres·​so e-ˈspres-ō How to pronounce espresso (audio)
variants also expresso
plural espressos
: coffee brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans

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