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[buh-ris-tuh -ree-stuh; Italian bah-rees-tah] /bəˈrɪs tə -ˈri stə; Italian bɑ ris tɑ/
noun, plural baristas, baristi [buh-ree-stee; Italian bah-rees-tee] /bəˈri sti; Italian bɑ ris ti/ (Show IPA)
a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar.
Origin of barista
1980-85; < Italian: “bartender,” from bar “bar” (a loanword from English) + Italian -ista -ist Unabridged
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a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar
Word Origin
C20: Italian: literally, bartender
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Contemporary definitions for barista

a person who works at the counter of a coffee shop; a coffee bar server


He plans to become a barista at Starbucks.

Word Origin

1982; Ital

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for barista

"bartender in a coffee shop," as a purely English word in use by 1992, from Italian, where it is said to derive ultimately from the English bar (n.2), as borrowed into Italian. The word is of generic gender and may be applied with equal accuracy to women and men (it is said that the typical barista in Italy is a man).

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