mac·​chi·​a·​to | \ˌmä-kē-ˈä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of macchiato 

: espresso topped with a thin layer of foamed milk

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Kosovo is considered by some to have the world’s best macchiato, apparently a holdover from workers who returned from Italy. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 When my macchiato was complete, the claw retrieved the paper cup, pivoted toward the pickup window and set it down. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 Bike share is doing for bicycles-as-transport what Starbucks did for the macchiato: transforming it from something exotic and foreign-sounding into something commonplace. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Bike Share Can Save Our Cities—If We Let It," 13 June 2018 Jeff Park was eating nuts for breakfast and sipping on a macchiato. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 And while neither a Starbucks macchiato nor a hefty bike-share bike are likely to excite the connoisseur, both are eminently accessible, which is ultimately the point. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Bike Share Can Save Our Cities—If We Let It," 13 June 2018 Breakfast dishes include birthday pancakes, made with Funfetti batter pancakes and topped with sweet cream-cheese glaze and sprinkles; and caramel macchiato French toast topped with caramel sauce. Carolina Gusman,, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 McDonald’s in recent months has come out with specialty coffee drinks, including Americanos and macchiatos. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Starbucks Closes for Antibias Training, Leaving Customers in Need of a Fix," 29 May 2018 The co-worker ordered a white chocolate mocha and an iced caramel macchiato and told the barista his name is Pedro, Hernandez said. David Williams, CNN, "Starbucks faces more racism allegations after a barista wrote a slur on a Latino customer's cup," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of macchiato

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macchiato

Italian, short for caffè macchiato literally, coffee with a spot (of milk)

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