lat·​te ˈlä-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce latte (audio)
plural lattes
: espresso mixed with hot or steamed milk : caffe latte
You can't go wrong with a classic latte. Espresso topped with foamy milk—heaven in a cup. The Daily Meal
If you don't know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino, ask! (Cappuccinos have more foam and less steamed milk than a latte, if you were gonna ask.) Tim Mulkerin
also : a similar drink made with an ingredient (such as rooibos or chai) other than espresso
Walk into a coffee shop or peruse Instagram and you're sure to have seen a matcha latte. Alysha Witwicki
We each stocked up on some loose leaf tea and ordered some drinks—a vanilla rooibos latte with coconut milk and kombucha on tap. Allison Fong

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Swinton was smitten after an artist carefully painted her face in a latte. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 There's still time for a latte or pour-over coffee and a pastry, but Space Time Coffee cafe downtown will mark its last day on Sept. 25. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 Schultz ordered his regular drink: a double short latte, three-quarters full. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2022 Lean into the cozy browns of the leaves outside (and your piping hot morning latte) with this minimalist mix of French tips and regular polish. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 29 Sep. 2022 Back then, a medium latte — hot or iced — cost $3.89. Diti Kohli,, 28 July 2022 Make an iced latte, cappuccino or double shot of espresso from the comfort of your home with a Nespresso machine. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 This is the fiercely loyal customer base of climbers who still, in the age of smartphones and Mountain Project and Instagram, come in to a retail shop in South Boulder for advice, a latte, a paper map, and a place to hang out. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2018 Danielle Mullan found that out while trying to order a pumpkin spice latte this week. Joseph Pisani, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of latte was in 1985

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“Latte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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