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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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Related Words for espresso

cappuccino, espresso, caffeine, perk, mud, brew, java, decaf, decoction, mocha, demitasse, ink, joe

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British Dictionary definitions for espresso


noun plural -sos
  1. strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
  2. an apparatus for making coffee in this way
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Word Origin for espresso

C20: Italian, short for caffè espresso, literally: pressed coffee
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Word Origin and History for espresso


1945, from Italian caffe espresso, from espresso "pressed out," from past participle of esprimere, from Latin exprimere "press out" (see express). In reference to the steam pressure.

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