Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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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."
    - Nancy Vogelpohl, 'The Search For My Fat Tony'.

    February 16, 2009

  • So, then 'expresso' would be one who cannot resist the urge to run his mouth when hopped up on caffeine?

    December 8, 2006