a calorie whose source has little or no nutritional value: Junk food has only empty calories.
Grande, Venti, And Trenta: What Do The Starbucks Names Literally Mean?When you reflect on all the symbols, gestures, and phrases that bombard your everyday existence, you may find a panoply of simple words that are missing a definition. Case in point: how many times have you or a friend said “I’d like a venti latte” without pausing to consider what venti actually means? First of all, here are the size options: tall (12 ounces), grande (16), …
Origin of empty calorie
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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