mo·​cha | \ˈmō-kə \

Definition of mocha 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a superior Arabian coffee consisting of small green or yellowish beans

(2) : a coffee of superior quality

b : a flavoring made of a strong coffee infusion or of a mixture of cocoa or chocolate with coffee

2 : a pliable suede-finished glove leather from African sheepskins

3 : a dark chocolate-brown color


geographical name
Mo·​cha | \ˈmō-kə \
variants: or Arabic Al Mukhā \ ˌäl-​mu̇-​ˈḵä \

Definition of Mocha (Entry 2 of 2)

town and port on the Red Sea in southwestern Yemen population 10,428

Examples of mocha in a Sentence

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Phoenix, Arizona is all about the iced caramel macchiatto; and Memphis, Tennessee can't get enough of that white chocolate mocha. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "14 Mind-Blowing Starbucks Facts You Never Knew," 12 July 2016 This beautiful 70 percent tempranillo/20 percent garnacha blend offered violets, dark fruits, licorice, vanilla, smoke, incense and mocha. Michael Austin,, "12 Riojas that will help you understand prized Spanish wine," 21 Feb. 2018 Here’s your excuse for treating yourself to that overpriced mocha latte – it has been scientifically proven that certain levels of ambient noise such as clattering of cups and the hiss of an espresso machine improves performance on creative tasks. Dorothy Mitchell, USA TODAY, "11 Actionable Productivity Hacks for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs," 21 May 2018 The launch is the brand’s most inclusive range yet, featuring 40 shades ranging from alabaster to mocha, and in cool, neutral, olive, peach, rosy, and warm undertones. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Dior Launches Backstage Face and Body Foundation in 40 Shades," 29 May 2018 Last weekend, the shop featured a lavender and white mocha latte with an image of the sun. Patricia Talorico, USA TODAY, "Selfie latte? Coffee shop machine will turn your face into foamy art," 26 Mar. 2018 The idea was widely ridiculed, but asking customers to contemplate the most consistently radioactive topic in American society while savoring their preferred combinations of soy, mocha, and caramel was certainly noteworthy. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Starbucks and the Issue of White Space," 4 June 2017 Fans can expect coffee/mocha and cherry amaretto flavors to roll out soon, according to Cado's website. Blake Bakkila,, "Avocado Lovers, Rejoice! Whole Foods Is Selling a Dairy-Free Avocado Ice Cream," 28 June 2018 One of the first images unveiled at Mug & Spoon was a mocha Irish cream latte featuring a shamrock and the words: Happy St. Patrick's Day. Patricia Talorico, USA TODAY, "Selfie latte? Coffee shop machine will turn your face into foamy art," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mocha


1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for mocha


Mocha, Yemen

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: a drink that is a mixture of coffee and chocolate

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