mo·​cha | \ ˈmō-kə How to pronounce mocha (audio) \

Definition of mocha

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the small, irregular-shaped coffee beans of plants grown in the mountainous regions of Yemen that produce an earthy, strong coffee of usually medium to high acidity Mocha beans, from Yemen, confer a winey accent to mellow-tasting Java beans from Indonesia.Consumer Reports also : the coffee prepared from mocha beans
(2) : a similar coffee grown in Ethiopia
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 How to pronounce Mocha (audio) \
variants: or Arabic Al Mukhā \ ˌäl-​mu̇-​ˈḵä How to pronounce Al Mukhā (audio) \

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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His first order was a mocha that used the Tesora blend. Steve Zimmerman,, "The new Philz Coffee in Chicago doesn’t do espresso drinks but no one seems to mind," 29 July 2019 Starbucks, for example, trains baristas to make mocha lattes taste the same way at every location. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Barnes & Noble’s fate rests in the hands of a British indie bookstore owner," 21 July 2019 The waist-deep water is mocha-tinged, with patches of green algae dotting the surface. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana noodling: Inside the Hoosier tradition of catching snapping turtles by hand," 14 July 2019 His alabaster skin, however, has been painted a rich shade of mocha. Matt Stromberg,, "Linda Vallejo and a decade of art that unapologetically embraces brownness," 20 June 2019 Starbucks is partnering with Uber Eats to expand delivery of its coffee and mocha Frappaccinos across the U.S. in early 2020. Fortune, "Starbucks Lovers Nationwide Can Soon Have Coffee Delivered to Their Doorstep," 23 July 2019 Starbucks die-hards will soon be able to get their white chocolate mocha fix from the comfort of their own kitchens as the company launches a new line of creamers this August. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Get your Starbucks fix at home with this new line of coffee creamers," 22 July 2019 The new creamers come in caramel macchiato, white chocolate mocha and cinnamon dolce latte — flavors inspired by Starbucks' more indulgent drinks. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Starbucks, in partnership with Nestlé, is launching a line of creamers to reach customers at home," 22 July 2019 The creamers will come in three flavors — caramel macchiato, cinnamon dolce latte and white chocolate mocha. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Starbucks creamers are coming to grocery stores next month," 22 July 2019

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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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