caffè macchiato

or caf·fe mac·chia·to

[ kaf-ey mak-yah-to, mahk-; Italian kahf-fe mahk-kyah-taw ]
/ ˈkæf eɪ mækˈyɑ tɒ, mɑk-; Italian ˈkɑf fɛ mɑkˈkyɑ tɔ /

noun, plural caf·fè mac·chia·tos.

a hot beverage consisting of espresso and a small amount of foamed milk.

Nearby words

  1. caffeinic,
  2. caffeinism,
  3. caffey's disease,
  4. caffey's syndrome,
  5. caffè latte,
  6. cafone,
  7. caftan,
  8. café,
  9. café au lait,
  10. café au lait spots

Origin of caffè macchiato

1985–90; < Italian: “stained (or spotted) coffee,” fromcaffè coffee + macchiato, perfect partciple of macchiare “to stain, spot,” from macchia “a stain, spot,” from Latin macula (see macula, mackle)

Also called mac·chia·to.

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British Dictionary definitions for macchiato

macchiato

/ (ˌmækɪˈɑːtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

espresso coffee served with a dash of hot or cold milk

Word Origin for macchiato

Italian, literally: stained

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