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

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This means Wing, which is already delivering espresso and food via drone in Australia, can start offering commercial drone delivery from businesses to people's homes. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Amazon's new futuristic drone will soon deliver packages," 5 June 2019 An ounce of espresso can have up to 64 milligrams of the stuff. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Friendly, fast, local, with a heck of an espresso shot. Peter King,, "Matt Millen Fights For His Life: ‘It’s Getting Late. We Need a Big Stop’," 14 May 2018 The accompanying espresso shot will pull you from the dessert coma — or elevate your sugar rush. Lauren Delgado,, "Combination of French, Southern cuisines at Tartine est délicieux," 23 Mar. 2018 Consider this petite kitchen table with a peppy Liberty floral top a triple espresso shot. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Tables That Deserve a Spot in Your Kitchen," 22 Jan. 2018 The machine recognizes that a T-Disc filled with milk needs a different amount water than one portioned for an espresso shot. Jeremy Repanich, Popular Mechanics, "Single-Serve Coffeemaker Showdown: 8 Brewers Put to the Test," 1 Apr. 2010 As of October 2018, the company had more than 60 restaurants outfitted with upgraded technologies, including cold-brew tap systems and high-tech espresso makers across the U.S., ahead of its initial target of 50. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Dunkin’ Image Refresh Enabled by Tech, Says IT and Strategy Chief," 4 Feb. 2019 The kitchen boasts an induction cooktop, built-in espresso maker, and a fancy-schmancy wine rack. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Chic camper-trailer includes drop-down queen bed," 27 Aug. 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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