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[e-spres-oh] /ɛˈsprɛs oʊ/

noun, plural espressos.
a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
a cup of this coffee.
noun (pl) -sos
strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
an apparatus for making coffee in this way

1945, from Italian caffe espresso, from espresso “pressed out,” from past participle of esprimere, from Latin exprimere “press out” (see express). In reference to the steam pressure.


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