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caffè macchiato

or caf·fe mac·chia·to

[kaf-ey mak-yah-to, mahk-; Italian kahf-fe mahk-kyah-taw]
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noun, plural caf·fè mac·chia·tos.
  1. a hot beverage consisting of espresso and a small amount of foamed milk.

Origin of caffè macchiato

1985–90; < Italian: “stained (or spotted) coffee,” fromcaffè coffee + macchiato, perfect partciple of macchiare “to stain, spot,” from macchia “a stain, spot,” from Latin macula (see macula, mackle)
Also called mac·chia·to.
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British Dictionary definitions for macchiato

macchiato

noun plural -tos
  1. espresso coffee served with a dash of hot or cold milk

Word Origin

Italian, literally: stained
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