April 30, 2012
- cappuccino (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : espresso coffee mixed with frothed hot milk or cream and often flavored with cinnamon
- How do you use it?
- My special Saturday morning treat was a bagel with cream cheese and a cappuccino.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think gave us the word "cappuccino"?"Cappuccino" dates back to the late 1800s, when English borrowed the Italian word for the creamy espresso drink. The Italians called this drink "cappuccino" after the Capuchin monks, whose robes were the color of the drink. In fact, the Italian word "cappuccino" literally means "Capuchin." Some people have suggested that a Capuchin monk invented the cappuccino, and this is why the word "Capuchin" was associated with the drink, but there is no good evidence to support this claim.