Definition of macchiato in US English:

macchiato

nounPlural macchiatos

  • Espresso with a dash of frothy steamed milk.

    • ‘There's a cortadito - a Cuban coffee with a dollop of milk, essentially a sweet macchiato.’
    • ‘As I have no time to date, let's meet and break up over macchiatos.’
    • ‘Available beverages include hot coffee, espresso, milk coffee; macchiato, cafe au lait, mochachino, and mocha, as well as ice tea, ice tea with lemon, ice tea Thai style and healthy fruit juices.’
    • ‘Your macchiato or cappuccino will always taste the same at La Dolce Vita's low-key second floor lounge or lush rooftop.’
    • ‘Before then - when the economy was recessed - it would seem absurd to spend $4.00 on a caramel macchiato.’
    • ‘In one cafe I had one of the best macchiatos I'd ever had.’
    • ‘Adam made a dramatic sigh and took a sip of his macchiato.’
    • ‘First over the counter is the macchiato, followed in close succession by the latte, the misto and the mocha coconut frappuccino.’
    • ‘At 11 the following morning Kotu and I meet over a macchiato at the $45-a-night, government-run Wade Shabelle Hotel in Addis, where the national team are staying.’
    • ‘These boys like their macchiato on the strong side.’
    • ‘No cappuccinos, no macchiatos, not even a simple cup of French roast.’
    • ‘A double macchiato and a club sandwich, not toasted, please.’
    • ‘We know a mocha from a macchiato, a regular light from a regular skinny, and a Costa Rican from a Sumatra Lingtong.’
    • ‘Proudly home to kitschy 1970s furniture and vintage wall hangings depicting Neil Armstrong, JFK and dogs playing poker, the independent coffeehouse Soma serves up lattes, mochas, macchiatos and regular cups of joe.’
    • ‘A macchiato is supposed to be short - and the shorter the better.’
    • ‘He places the finished drink, a macchiato, on the counter.’
    • ‘My new daily routine: sitting in Benugo, Berwick St, Soho, before work, getting half an hour of wifi free if you spend more than £2 (which is easily done with a macchiato and a muffin).’
    • ‘A list of beverage choices includes cappuccino, mocha, espresso macchiato and frothy dark chocolate, perhaps with mint.’
    • ‘The barrista had seen me through the door and told her that I probably wanted a macchiato.’
    • ‘Right now I'm in an internet caff in Pisa, drinking macchiato.’

Origin

From Italian (caffè) macchiato, literally ‘stained, marked (coffee)’, from macchiare ‘mark, stain’.

Pronunciation

macchiato

/ˌmäkēˈädō/