Simple Definition of pesto
: an Italian sauce that is made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, and grated cheese
Full Definition of pesto
: a sauce made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, pine nuts, and grated cheese
Examples of pesto in a sentence
Top the bread with pesto.
Origin and Etymology of pesto
Italian, from pesto, adjective, pounded, from pestare to pound, from Late Latin pistare, frequentative of Latin pinsere
First Known Use: 1937
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