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Named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A widespread chain of coffee shops.
    • 2008, Andrew M. Jones, The Innovation Acid Test: Growth Through Design and Differentiation, ISBN 0955008158:
      Consider the Starbucks effect in the slogans written up recently in Fast Company magazine, where companies from various sectors now aspire to be the 'Starbucks of their respective industry': ...
    • 2013, Taylor Clark, Starbucked, ISBN 1444765388:
      Companies now want to turn themselves into “the Starbucks of the ham business” or “the Starbucks of fuel-injector makers.”
    • 2014, George Ritzer, The McDonaldization of Society, ISBN 148335895X:
      Said the CEO of the nearly 500-plus store Caribou Coffee chain, “I got into the business because of what they [Starbucks] created.” In China, a small chain, Real Brewed Tea, aims to be “the Starbucks of tea.”
  2. (metonymically) A coffee from Starbucks.
    • 2009, Cheyenne McCray, Demons Not Included: A Night Tracker Novel, page 163:
      I swear, if I had been drinking my Starbucks today it would have gone up my nose.

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