< /bəˈri sti; Italian bɑ ris ti/.

  1. a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar.


  1. a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar

“bartender in a coffee shop,” as a purely English word in use by 1992, from Italian, where it is said to derive ultimately from the English bar (n.2), as borrowed into Italian. The word is of generic gender and may be applied with equal accuracy to women and men (it is said that the typical barista in Italy is a man).

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