espres·​so | \ e-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce espresso (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ik-​ˈspre-​(ˌ)sō How to pronounce espresso (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

Examples of espresso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s another similarity to a high-end espresso machine: a triple-digit price tag. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 With separate water tanks for each type, both coffee and espresso can be made at the same time or separately. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 Then, insert the portafilter and brew your espresso. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 The new shop will be a coffee and espresso bar, offering frappes and smoothies, as well as a cocktail menu. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 That milky hue is also offered on a slim yet powerful semi-automatic espresso machine, blender and coffee grinder from KitchenAid. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 Elder-Moore takes pleasure in the simple things, like having a cup of espresso each day. Brittney Oliver, Essence, 28 Mar. 2022 Around the time of her son’s birth, di Pillo-Campeol would often indulge in a sugary egg-cream dish with a dash of espresso for a boost. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022 However, these drinks remain sugar and caffeine bombs as they are made with four pumps of flavor syrup and three shots of espresso each. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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