noun, plural es·pres·sos.
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Origin of espresso
Words nearby espresso
What does espresso mean?
Espresso is a kind of strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground, dark-roast coffee beans.
The word espresso often refers to a cup of espresso, as in I like to have an espresso after dinner.
It can also refer to an espresso machine, as in I got an espresso so now I can make my favorite drinks at home.
Espresso is so strong that it’s usually served in a very small cup. Sometimes, people have a “shot” of espresso by itself or added to their coffee to make it stronger.
A cappuccino is espresso with foamed milk.
A somewhat common variant of espresso is expresso. More about that below.
Example: When it comes to coffee, I love espresso—the stronger the better!
Where does espresso come from?
The first records of the word espresso in English come from the 1940s. It comes from the Italian term caffè espresso, which literally means “pressed coffee.”
Sometimes, people pronounce espresso as expresso. This confusion over its pronunciation (and, subsequently, its spelling) probably dates back to the time when espresso started to become widespread in English. The variation from es to ex isn’t all that surprising—the Italian word espresso ultimately derives from the Latin verb exprimere, meaning “to press out.”
In English, the letter combination es is far less common than ex at the beginning of words. So for many English speakers, it feels more natural to pronounce the beginning of espresso as ex rather than es. This has probably been influenced by the word express, which is associated with speed, and the stimulating effects of espresso’s jolt of caffeine.
We know, we know—some people don’t think expresso is a “real word.” But this is how language works. In English, it isn’t all that unusual for variant spellings and pronunciations to become the standard over time. For example, the word bird comes from the Middle English term bryd. The word apron was originally napron, but changed due to the fact that saying a napron sounds a lot like an apron.
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How is espresso used in real life?
People drink espresso for its strong flavor and its high caffeine content.
Double espresso a lil bit of sugar pic.twitter.com/kL1ozX3Q0G
— Martin Adrian (@Enarion2) July 20, 2020
I feel like I just had 5 shots of espresso… How to attempt to sleep?!
— Invictus (@Invictus1013) July 26, 2020
The world is so beautiful in the morning. The wet tree air is the greatest smell upon waking up. With an espresso down, let's get the day started!
— Koosha Azim (@kooshaazim) July 25, 2020
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Is espresso used correctly in the following sentence?
You want to take a break and grab an espresso?
Example sentences from the Web for espresso
Available at Anova Aeropress Coffee Espresso Maker, $26 Every year, there seems to be a new favorite coffee maker.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Espresso breaks are common in Palermo, especially at the elegant, old world Antico Caffe Spinnato.
At home, I start the day by scooping out a couple of heaping tablespoons of Starbucks espresso roast into my Breville machine.
Two cups of espresso before walking the dog and reading the Arts section of The New York Times.
According to Lowe, Farley “has a shot of espresso before every closeup” and also has a gargantuan appetite.