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espresso

[e-spres-oh] /ɛˈsprɛs oʊ/
noun, plural espressos.
1.
a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
2.
a cup of this coffee.
Origin of espresso
1940-1945
1940-45; < Italian (caffè) espresso pressed (coffee)
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espresso

/ɛˈsprɛsəʊ/
noun (pl) -sos
1.
strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
2.
an apparatus for making coffee in this way
Word Origin
C20: Italian, short for caffè espresso, literally: pressed coffee
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n.

1945, from Italian caffe espresso, from espresso "pressed out," from past participle of esprimere, from Latin exprimere "press out" (see express). In reference to the steam pressure.

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