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al dente

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adjective al den·te \äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā, al-\

Simple Definition of al dente

  • : cooked but still firm

Full Definition of al dente

  1. :  cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture

al dente adverb

Origin of al dente

Italian; literally, to the tooth


First Known Use: 1920


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