from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong coffee brewed by forcing steam under pressure through darkly roasted, powdered coffee beans.
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- n. A concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing hot water under high pressure through finely ground coffee.
- n. A drink that includes espresso as an ingredient.
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- n. strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
Italian (caffè) espresso, espresso (coffee), past participle of esprimere, to press out, from Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian espresso, from caffè espresso ("pressed-out coffee"), form of esprimere ("to press out"), from Latin exprimere, from ex- ("out") + primere ("to press"). (Wiktionary)