[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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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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