Definitions

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

  • n. A small cup of strong black coffee or espresso.
  • n. The small cup used to serve this drink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small cup of strong black coffee.
  • n. The cup in which this coffee is served.

Etymologies

French demi-tasse : demi-, demi- + tasse, cup (from Old French, from Arabic ṭašt, basin, from Persian tašt).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French demi-tasse, from demi, half + tasse, cup (Wiktionary)

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  • from Fr., lit. "half-cup," from demi- + tasse, an O.Fr. borrowing from Arabic tassah, from Pers. tasht "cup, saucer"

    August 30, 2009

  • "Harrison and Manchester were standing in the door of the department common room, drinking coffee. In their ham-sized fists, the mugs looked the size of demitasse cups."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007