(initial capital letter) Also Mukha. a seaport in the Republic of Yemen on the Red Sea.
a choice variety of coffee, originally grown in Arabia.
a flavoring obtained from a coffee infusion or a combined infusion of chocolate and coffee.
a brownish chocolate color.
a glove leather, finer and thinner than doeskin, the best grades of which are made from Arabian goatskins.

Origin of mocha

1765–75 for def 2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mocha

Contemporary Examples of mocha

  • Fagerstron asked, noting "I have formula (orange container/sensitive) and mocha stuff on my list."

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    The Quirks in the Sarah Palin Emails

    Shushannah Walshe, Michael Falcone

    June 12, 2011

  • But first—a mocha latte, then he's going back to camp out on Pearl Square all night.

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    Inside the Bahrain Revolt

    Karen Leigh

    February 19, 2011

  • At Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa showed restrained shifts in subtly shifting textures from ivory to mocha.

  • Mocha is the offspring of the marriage of two plain-looking beans: coffee and cacao.

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    4 Autumnal Desserts

    Michel Richard

    November 18, 2010

Historical Examples of mocha

  • And that pale sherry, and that Chablis, and that exquisite cup of Mocha?

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • I leave digestion to take its course, waiting for my mocha and maraschino.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • The true Bourbon is obtained from the first few crops of Mocha seed.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • For many years it was used on Mocha coffee, but it is now out of existence.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The coffee most cultivated in Mexico is supposed to have come from Mocha seed.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for mocha



a strongly flavoured dark brown coffee originally imported from Arabia
a flavouring made from coffee and chocolate
a soft glove leather with a suede finish, made from goatskin or sheepskin
  1. a dark brown colour
  2. (as adjective)mocha shoes




a port in Yemen, on the Red Sea; in the former North Yemen until 1990: formerly important for the export of Arabian coffee. Pop: 14 562 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for mocha

1733, "fine coffee," from Mocha, Red Sea port of Yemen, from which coffee was exported. Meaning "mixture of coffee and chocolate" first recorded 1849. As a shade of dark brown, it is attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper