[ kap-oo-chee-noh, kah-poo-; Italian kahp-poot-chee-naw ]
/ ˌkæp ʊˈtʃi noʊ, ˌkɑ pʊ-; Italian ˌkɑp putˈtʃi nɔ /

noun, plural cap·puc·ci·nos

a hot beverage consisting of espresso and foamed milk, often served with powdered cinnamon and topped with whipped cream.

Origin of cappuccino

1945–50; < Italian: literally, Capuchin, so called from a fancied resemblance of the drink's color to the color of a Capuchin habit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cappuccino


/ (ˌkæpʊˈtʃiːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

coffee with steamed milk, sometimes served with whipped cream or sprinkled with powdered chocolate

Word Origin for cappuccino

Italian: capuchin
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Word Origin and History for cappuccino



1948, from Italian cappuccino, from Capuchin in reference to the beverage's color and its supposed resemblance to that of the brown hoods of the Friars Minor Capuchins (see Capuchin).

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