Definition of espresso in English:

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Pronunciation: /eˈspresˌō/

noun (plural espressos)

Strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans.
Example sentences
  • As the name of the place suggests, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at the store - from filter coffee to cappuccino and espressos.
  • I therefore will endeavour to buy some freshly ground espresso coffee in the near future.
  • As well as the usual range of coffees (starting with espressos for £1), there's an excellent range of cakes and pastries, a tapas menu and, in true coffee-house style, weekly acoustic music evenings.


The often-occurring variant spelling expresso—and its pronunciation ikˈspresō —is incorrect and was probably formed by analogy with express.


1940s: from Italian (caffè) espresso, literally 'pressed out (coffee)'.

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