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caffè macchiato

or caffe macchiato

[kaf-ey mak-yah-to, mahk-; Italian kahf-fe mahk-kyah-taw] /ˈkæf eɪ mækˈyɑ tɒ, mɑk-; Italian ˈkɑf fɛ mɑkˈkyɑ tɔ/
noun, plural caffè macchiatos.
a hot beverage consisting of espresso and a small amount of foamed milk.
Also called macchiato.
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) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for macchiato


noun (pl) -tos
espresso coffee served with a dash of hot or cold milk
Word Origin
Italian, literally: stained
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Contemporary definitions for macchiato

an espresso drink with a teaspoon or two of steamed milk on top; also written macchiatto


Paul often orders a Caramel Macchiato.

Word Origin

short for caffè macchiato or espresso macchiato; Ital. 'marked with spots'

Usage Note

pl. macchiatos; cooking's 21st Century Lexicon
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