caffè macchiato

or caf·fe mac·chia·to

[kaf-ey mak-yah-to, mahk-; Italian kahf-fe mahk-kyah-taw]

noun, plural caf·fè mac·chia·tos.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019