barista

noun
ba·​ris·​ta | \ bə-ˈrē-stə How to pronounce barista (audio) , bä-ˈrē-stä \

Definition of barista

: a person who makes and serves coffee (such as espresso) to the public

Examples of barista in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starbucks' career website shows the Power and Baseline location has job openings for barista and shift supervisor. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 15 Dec. 2021 In January, Kylah Clay started as a barista at an Allston Starbucks just steps from her home. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Dec. 2021 William Westlake, 24, a barista at one of the unionizing stores, said he was told to come to a mandatory meeting at a nearby Hampton hotel earlier this month, the day before the ballots were mailed out. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Will Westlake, a barista in a Buffalo suburb called Hamburg, where workers have also filed for a union election, said a store log showed that several company officials from outside the Buffalo area had been to the store during the past six weeks. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Will Westlake, a barista in a Buffalo suburb called Hamburg, where workers have also filed for a union election, said a store log showed that several company officials from outside the Buffalo area had been to the store during the past six weeks. New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Josue Martinez, a 26-year-old barista at Cafe Fulanos in San Salvador, says the Chivo network is often down. Time, 2 Oct. 2021 Like the barista at your favorite coffee shop, learn and use people’s names. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Victoria Stahl, a Starbucks barista in terminal 4, has been striking since day one. Caroleina Hassett, The Arizona Republic, 29 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of barista

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barista

Italian, person working behind a bar, from bar bar (from English) + - ista -ist entry 1

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14 Jan 2022

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“Barista.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barista. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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barista

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barista

: someone who makes and serves coffee and coffee drinks (such as cappuccino) to customers

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