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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Something like a latte or mocha can have between 63 and 126 milligrams. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Following this to the letter, of course, would require giving up some of winter’s chief consolations and delights: A hot mocha on a cold morning. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 Pair with a Clos du Bois California Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of mocha, bittersweet chocolate, and flavors of juicy dark berry. Fox News, "12 Easter dinner dishes for a super Sunday," 21 Mar. 2016 Jordyn went for more of a mocha hue, but reached for the very same shiny tank dress as her bestie, Kylie. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods Wear Matching Latex Dresses," 24 Sep. 2018 For chocolate lovers, a mocha version is also available. Fox News, "8 of the most caffeinated coffee drinks," 23 Feb. 2016 The Halloween Princess Frappuccino has apple compote mixed with white mocha and milk, leaving it a princess-like pale pink, and edible pearls over the whipped cream on top. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Releases Halloween Witch and Princess Frappuccinos," 16 Oct. 2018 With bright notes of blackberry, cherry, cedar, vanilla, mocha and spice, this wine was luscious and decadent, with a long finish and 13.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin,, "9 Chilean cabernets catch you up on what's been happening with country's iconic wine," 24 Jan. 2018 The most sugary sip McDonald's offers is a large mocha, with 11 teaspoons of sugar. Kate Storey, Marie Claire, "Sorry, Everyone, but There's an Unbelievable Amount of Sugar in Your Starbucks," 17 Feb. 2016

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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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