[ e-spres-oh ]
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noun,plural es·pres·sos.
  1. a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.

  2. a cup of this coffee.

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Origin of espresso

1940–45; <Italian (caffè) espresso pressed (coffee)

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British Dictionary definitions for espresso


/ (ɛˈsprɛsəʊ) /

nounplural -sos
  1. strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans

  2. an apparatus for making coffee in this way

Origin of espresso

C20: Italian, short for caffè espresso, literally: pressed coffee

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