[buh-ris-tuh -ree-stuh; Italian bah-rees-tah]
noun, plural baristas, baristi [buh-ree-stee; Italian bah-rees-tee] .
a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar. Unabridged
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barista (bəˈrɪstə)
a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar
[C20: Italian: literally, bartender]

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Main Entry:  barista
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who works at the counter of a coffee shop; a coffee bar server
Example:  He plans to become a barista at Starbucks.
Etymology:  1982; Ital
Usage:  pl. baristi's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

"bartender in a coffee shop," as a purely English word in use by 1992, from It., where it is said to derive ult. from the Eng. bar (2), as borrowed into Italian. The word is of generic gender and may be applied with equal accuracy to women and men (it is said that the typical
barista in Italy is a man).
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Example sentences
But whether or not the crackdown is real, every barista in town seems to be
  putting on a hat because of the regulations.
Unless, of course, you use it following the name of your favorite barista.
However, neither of these methods allow the barista full control over the
  extraction process.
We imagine it's designed to work in unmanned environments, or to take the heat
  off a busy barista.
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