es·pres·so (ĭ-sprĕsō, ĕ-sprĕsō) also ex·pres·so (ĭk-sprĕsō, ĕk-)
n. pl. es·pres·sos also ex·pres·sos
1. A strong coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through darkly roasted, finely ground coffee beans.
2. A serving of this beverage: ordered an espresso with dessert.
[Italian (caffè) espresso, espresso (coffee), past participle of esprimere, to press out, from Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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