[ lah-tey Italian laht-te ]
/ ˈlɑ teɪ Italian ˈlɑt tɛ /


Also called caffè latte [kaf-ey lah-tey; Italian kahf-fe laht-te] /ˈkæf eɪ ˈlɑ teɪ; Italian ˈkɑf fɛ ˈlɑt tɛ/. hot espresso with steamed milk, usually topped with foamed milk.
a similar beverage made with tea in place of espresso.

Origin of latte

1990–95; < Italian (caffè) latte “(coffee with) milk” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for latte


/ (ˈlæteɪ, ˈlɑːteɪ) /


coffee made with hot milk

Word Origin for latte

C20: from Italian (caffè e) latte (coffee and) milk
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Word Origin and History for latte



by 1990, espresso coffee with milk, short for caffè latte, from Italian, literally "milk coffee" (see cafe au lait).

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