[ buh-ris-tuh -ree-stuh; Italian bah-rees-tah ]
/ bəˈrɪs tə -ˈri stə; Italian bɑ ris tɑ /

noun, plural ba·ris·tas, ba·ris·ti [buh-ree-stee; Italian bah-rees-tee] /bəˈri sti; Italian bɑ ris ti/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for barista

/ (bəˈrɪstə) /


a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar

Word Origin for barista

C20: Italian: literally, bartender
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