[ e-spres-oh ]
/ ɛˈsprɛs oʊ /

noun, plural es·pres·sos.

a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
a cup of this coffee.

Origin of espresso

1940–45; < Italian (caffè) espresso pressed (coffee) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for espresso


/ (ɛˈsprɛsəʊ) /

noun plural -sos

strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
an apparatus for making coffee in this way

Word Origin for espresso

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