Definition of mocha in US English:



  • 1A fine-quality coffee.

    as modifier ‘Kenyan, Colombian or mocha coffee’
    • ‘The local coffee mocha (named after the town al-Mukha), became an important item in world trade.’
    • ‘A whoosh of freshly ground mocha coffee hits the nose and then, once the wine hits your mouth, it's joined by black fruits, liquorice, spice and a spray of refreshing acidity.’
    • ‘Many grocery stores carry all kinds of ‘specialty coffees’ such as mint, mocha, or almond.’
    1. 1.1 A drink or flavoring made with or in imitation of mocha, typically with chocolate added.
      ‘espresso kiosks serving mochas and cappuccinos’
      • ‘She was contemplating whether or not she wanted to stop at the local coffee shop to get an iced mocha latte when she heard someone call out her name.’
      • ‘He looked as if he wanted to say more, so I silenced myself, but he took his time by first blowing at the surface of his mocha coffee and taking a tentative sip.’
      • ‘She walked out of the small shop with an iced mocha latte, just the smell of coffee awakening her completely.’
      • ‘I could live off iced mochas any time of the year.’
      • ‘Natalia set out for the nearest coffee stand and ordered herself a cup of hot mocha.’
      • ‘Her double mocha latte at the best coffee shop in New York, gone!’
      • ‘Once people are used to going back to school and get back into more daily rituals, they will go back to lattes and mochas.’
      • ‘Steph was sitting on the edge of her bed staring out the window with her usual cup of mocha coffee.’
      • ‘He doesn't want to be asked if he wants mocha chocalatta, he just wants a coffee and he wants it now.’
      • ‘Two largo mochas with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles to go, please.’
      • ‘A mocha coffee typically contains 350 calories and a large muffin has 500 calories, so be prepared to take at least a two-hour hike to walk off your breakfast.’
      • ‘I stood up even though I still half a cup of mocha left.’
      • ‘Wi-Fi laptops work quietly on tables while their owners sip their double mocha peppermint latte coffees and finish their sales reports.’
      • ‘Not mention, I was horribly addicted to iced mochas and hot chocolates.’
      • ‘Over the past few months I had learned that she wasn't a morning person until she had at least three cups of peppermint mocha coffee and a bowl of fruit.’
      • ‘But despite the growing popularity of mochas and lattes, coffee farmers are increasingly going hungry as their plants die in the field.’
      • ‘They can't do the lattes or mochas, what they have is a jar of instant coffee.’
      • ‘He ordered his usual mocha latte and grabbed his usual table.’
      • ‘I would love nothing more than to spend my days whipping up mochas and lattes with no responsibility other than making change.’
      • ‘I drink café mochas at least four or five times a day.’
    2. 1.2 A dark brown color.
      ‘the eyeliner is available in soft mocha and soft charcoal’
      • ‘There's nothing more fabulous than a sheer mocha lip - it's a sexy natural pout that never goes out of style.’
      • ‘If you have brown eyes, stick with taupe, sable and mocha hues.’
      • ‘Then she realized that one of his eyes was deep mocha brown and the other was a bright sky blue, almost too blue.’
      • ‘A barbecued duck breast with roasted plums might have been enjoyable if it hadn't arrived mocha brown.’
      • ‘I made mental descriptions of each of them, from their lined eyes, mocha shades, leather skirts, tight jeans, any and everything.’
      • ‘Her jeans were mocha brown and new denim, not faded a day.’
      • ‘Walking out to the train, I noticed that it sported a blue and white color scheme with black stripes unlike the usual forest green, cream, and mocha colors.’
      • ‘If you wore a chocolate brown hair color this past winter, you can easily step into this season's color palette with a soft mocha hue.’
  • 2A soft kind of leather made from sheepskin.


Late 18th century: named after Mocha, a port in Yemen on the Red Sea, from where the coffee and leather were first shipped.