mo·​cha ˈmō-kə How to pronounce mocha (audio)
: 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
: a similar coffee grown in Ethiopia
: a flavoring made of a strong coffee infusion or of a mixture of cocoa or chocolate with coffee
: a pliable suede-finished glove leather from African sheepskins
: a dark chocolate-brown color

Examples of mocha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As The Oregonian’s Grant Butler wrote in 2016, in the days before Starbucks came to town, Coffee People was the place many Portlanders tried their first lattes, mochas and other espresso drinks. Mrussell, oregonlive, 18 July 2023 The peppermint mocha design, inspired by the festive Starbucks drink of the same name, is etched with swirly green, red and pink waves. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 With flavors ranging from classic coffee brews to more indulgent mocha or espresso creations, breakfast is suddenly an opportunity for tasty nourishment. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2023 Suddenly, not even a cup of your favorite mocha will make up for the grunt work of restoring that suede footwear to its original, pristine state. Gia Yetikyel, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 Classics like the peppermint mocha latte and toasted white chocolate latte are also back. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The iced gingerbread oat milk chai will join favorites like the peppermint mocha, caramel brûlée latte, chestnut praline latte, and iced sugar cookie almond milk latte. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the Bones and All actor, who wore a strapless mocha brown dress, placed her hand on the singer's shoulder. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2023 By 2003, Starbucks had already introduced a pair of Christmas drinks: the eggnog latte (born in 1986) and the peppermint mocha (2002). Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Mocha, Yemen

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mocha was in 1773

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Cite this Entry

“Mocha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


mo·​cha ˈmō-kə How to pronounce mocha (audio)
: coffee of high quality grown in Arabia
: a mixture of coffee and chocolate

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Mo·​cha ˈmō-kə How to pronounce Mocha (audio)
variants or Arabic Al Mukhā
town and port on the Red Sea in southwestern Yemen population 10,428

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