mac·​chi·​a·​to ˌmä-kē-ˈä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce macchiato (audio)
: espresso topped with a thin layer of foamed milk

Examples of macchiato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Returning fall flavors include the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cream cold brew and the apple crisp oat milk macchiato. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2023 Think: the rich spectrum of browns and taupes in a caramel macchiato. Tira Urquhart, Essence, 1 Nov. 2023 On paper, listening to a podcast about experimental toxicology may sound like drinking a green smoothie: neither as nutrient-forward as a shot of wheatgrass nor as decadent as a caramel macchiato. Vulture, 25 Oct. 2023 There’s nothing better than walking into a room that smells like a pumpkin macchiato or an apple pie. Jenna Clark, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023 Everyone knows that no Target shopping trip is complete without fueling up first with a Starbucks caramel macchiato or cake pop. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 19 Aug. 2023 Iced macchiato, iced specialty tea, iced espresso and iced americano have also ranked among the fastest-growing non-alcoholic drinks on menus tracked by Technomic. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 7 Aug. 2023 Both macchiatos and lattes were attempted in order to get the full breadth of what these products were capable of. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2023 On the coffee side, the menu includes Americanos, cortados, macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, Frappuccino, iced coffee, chai, hot chocolate and cold brew, along with cocktail collaborations like Irish Coffee, whiskey chai and coffee aged in bourbon barrels on site. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macchiato was in 1980

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“Macchiato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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