Frappuccino is a registered trademark of Starbucks and is the name of a blended ice beverage and of a bottled coffee beverage.
A frozen coffee drink similar to Starbucks's Frappuccino was invented by The Coffee Connection, a Boston-based chain with 24 stores mostly around New England, who coined and trademarked Frappuccino. When Starbucks bought the Coffee Connection, they acquired the rights. However, the original recipe was completely different, and had a unique preparation process and simple ingredients.
The etymology of the term is unclear. Frappuccino is a combination of frappe and cappuccino, an Italian style coffee with a topping of frothed milk. It is unclear whether frappe is taken from frappé a Greek iced coffee or from the New England term for a thick milkshake frappe (pronounced "frap"), both of which derived from the French word frappé.
Similar frozen coffee drinks were served starting in 1988 by the Seattle chain Cinnabon under the names Mochalatta and Caramelatta. Dunkin' Donuts serves a similar drink called Coolatta.
In the Philippines, most coffee shops sell similar drinks which are often called generically frappes, pronounced in a French manner with two syllables, or frap. Coffee Break is one. Gloria Jeans offers a similar frozen coffee drink but calls them Chillers.