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Coffee made with milk, especially hot or steamed milk; a drink of this; (now) specifically a drink made by adding a shot of espresso to a glass or cup of frothy steamed milk.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Cultivator: a monthly journal for farm and the garden. From Italian caffè latte (dated 1907 in dictionaries), caffelatte, caffellatte from caffè + latte milk (from classical Latin lac, lact- milk: see lacto-).
caffè latte/ˌkafeɪ ˈlateɪ//ˌkafeɪ ˈlɑːteɪ//ˌkafeɪ ˈlati/
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