- Espresso is defined as a type of coffee that is brewed with steam using a special machine.
The strong coffee added to a cappuccino is an example of espresso.
A fresh cup of espresso.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Italian (caffè) espresso, pressed-out (coffee), past participle of esprimere, to press out, express ; from Classical Latin exprimere: see express
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also ex·pres·sonoun pl. es·pres·sos also ex·pres·sos
Origin: 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.