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[lah-tey Italian laht-te] /ˈlɑ teɪ Italian ˈlɑt tɛ/
Also called caffè latte [kaf-ey lah-tey; Italian kahf-fe laht-te] /ˈkæf eɪ ˈlɑ teɪ; Italian ˈkɑf fɛ ˈlɑt tɛ/ (Show IPA). hot espresso with steamed milk, usually topped with foamed milk.
a similar beverage made with tea in place of espresso.
Origin of latte
1990-95; < Italian (caffè) latte “(coffee with) milk” Unabridged
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  • Then, at the thought of the latte name, a fresh idea struck her.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • If you catch his eye he will throw wide both arms to include all the goats on the Corso, and exclaim: latte decapri molto bell!

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
British Dictionary definitions for latte


/ˈlæteɪ; ˈlɑːteɪ/
coffee made with hot milk
Word Origin
C20: from Italian (caffè e) latte (coffee and) milk
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Word Origin and History for latte

by 1990, espresso coffee with milk, short for caffè latte, from Italian, literally "milk coffee" (see cafe au lait).

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