Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Italian coffee-based beverage made from espresso and milk that has been steamed and/or frothed.
  • n. A cup of this beverage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. equal parts of espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and usually whipped cream

Etymologies

Italian, Capuchin, cappuccino (from the resemblance of its color to the color of the monk's habit); see capuchin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian cappuccino. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So Take care with our cappuccino is not a proper translation of the original.

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  • Imagine we were to find out one day that Starbucks had been recording everyone's conversations for the purpose of figuring out whether cappuccino is more popular than macchiato.

    Boing Boing: January 22, 2006 - January 28, 2006 Archives

  • The Viennese soon added milk to their coffee beans and the name cappuccino was born.

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  • I personally try and keep it simple with a Grande, skim, triple, bone-dry cappuccino, which is Starbuck's English for the kind of cappuccino you'd get at the Rome airport.

    Mark Strausman: A Chef's-Eye View of Starbucks

  • They don’t want to know whether there’s a difference between the Starbucks version and the real thing, they don’t actually care whether a cappuccino is half foam and a latte is only topped with foam.

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  • Your cappuccino will be there for you, as reliably as the way an out-sourced defense contractor in Kandahar Province uses his copy of the Army's Rules of Engagement to paper train the dog he's stolen from the son of tribal elder.

    Adam Hanft: Support Our Cappuccino Fund-Raiser Today

  • On the other hand, it wouldn't hurt to butter him up a bit, and in cases like this a small gift like a piece of candy or a cappuccino is a nice way to say you're sorry, and that you care.

    Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval: How We Discovered The Power of Nice

  • As it turned out, I understood nearly everything and had a great time, and since I had a cappuccino while I was there I'm WIDE awake (I don't normally drink coffee at all -- never, in fact -- but I thought ordering a cappuccino was a bit more appropriate than ordering a hot chocolate [my hot beverage of choice] and I wasn't in the mood for something alcoholic).

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  • Awhile back I sent my sister a link to the story about the man who could make art in cappuccino.

    Boing Boing: May 30, 2004 - June 5, 2004 Archives

  • You see, a cappuccino is a shot of espresso with six ounces of milk.

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