Definition of latte in English:



  • A type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, milkier than a cappuccino.

    ‘he orders a croissant and a latte’
    • ‘So why, may I ask, do you insist on drinking lattes and eating ice cream when you know full well that this is going to cause headaches and mild nausea?’
    • ‘Our more cosseted generation is more likely to spend its Saturday afternoons sipping skinny lattes in city centre coffee bars.’
    • ‘I sat down to write my editorial, but instead drank cappuccinos, vanilla lattes and gallons of tea.’
    • ‘I have to confess the best part of the evening was when the rain drove everyone away and we could just hang out, drink our lattes and talk.’
    • ‘Have you recently given up a habit such as smoking, drinking, or buying lattes?’
    • ‘A single latte or espresso costs more in Seattle than a typical coffee worker makes in a whole day.’
    • ‘I don't care though, since I use my dark coffee for lattes and cappuccinos anyway.’
    • ‘The blends, all from Arabica beans, are fine when mixed with milk in lattes and cappuccinos.’
    • ‘Mandy was sipping some kind of cold icy like drink while Erik drank down a latte and I swallowed water.’
    • ‘I feel so left out when, gallivanting about town, I see the happy throngs of customers queuing for lattes and mocha cappuccinos.’
    • ‘They have all the expected coffee combos - the lattes, cappuccinos and all sorts of stuff to squirt in them.’
    • ‘By this time I'd finished three mocha choca lattes and was bouncing around the tastefully decorated - but soulless - coffee house walls.’
    • ‘Seattle's mild maritime climate means you can drink lattes with the locals at an outdoor cafe well into the holiday season.’
    • ‘But despite the growing popularity of mochas and lattes, coffee farmers are increasingly going hungry as their plants die in the field.’
    • ‘Every day I went out and worked hard over the shouts for espressos and lattes.’
    • ‘But lattes are 90 percent milk and lack the jolt provided by unalloyed caffeine.’
    • ‘A change in state: today I stopped drinking lattes, and started drinking iced lattes.’
    • ‘There I continued to watch people and to drink vanilla lattes, but also gained the ability to look something up as the need arose.’
    • ‘As well as creamy lattes, the coffee shop offers wireless internet access and big, bench-like tables that several people can gather around.’
    • ‘So let's just drink our lattes or chocolate milkshakes and enjoy it, woohoo!’


From Italian (caffè) latte, literally milk (coffee).