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 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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