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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The perfect match for a chocolate lover in need of a caffeine fix, a mocha is a chocolate espresso with foam and steamed milk. Southern Living, "17 Popular Types of Coffee Explained," 25 Sep. 2020 Lastly, ask for strawberry puree and a mocha drizzle on the top and bottom of the drink. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Here's How to Order 'Hocus Pocus'-Themed Frapps at Starbucks This Halloween," 21 Sep. 2020 Beverage princes range from $1.45 for a small house coffee or hot tea to $4.85 for a large hot mocha, caramel macchiato or cappuccino. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Cudahy family just opened a new 1920s-inspired coffee shop in the city," 20 Aug. 2020 Strong, who used to come to the bakery every morning for a mocha, has now been sleeping on an air mattress in it for a week. Mallory Moench,, "'This is just catastrophic': Families evacuated from Santa Cruz mountains wonder how to rebuild," 28 Aug. 2020 The biggest hit so far has been the cafe's white chocolate mocha, Piparo said, which has white chocolate, two shots of espresso, and the customer's choice of milk. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Cudahy family just opened a new 1920s-inspired coffee shop in the city," 20 Aug. 2020 Each sip brings more bright red cherries to go along with flavors like orange peel, mocha and cedar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "3 Oregon wines making a difference during tough times," 7 July 2020 For the beginning, La Bohemia has a small menu with coffee, espresso, cafe de olla and Mexican mocha. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Here's what to expect at this new Phoenix cafe inspired by Mexico City's coffee culture," 27 June 2020 Coffee options are available with soy, almond or coconut milk and pair with a variety of vegan baked goods including pear almond scones, espresso walnut brownies and dark chocolate mocha cupcakes. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 metro Phoenix restaurants with vegan and vegetarian food and coffee for takeout," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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8 Oct 2020

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“Mocha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mocha

: a drink that is a mixture of coffee and chocolate

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