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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

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

  • 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)



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  • "How else could all these little bars in Italy stay in business? I just can’t believe that they can make a living selling a couple dollhouse-sized coffees every day."
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