al dente

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

Definition of al dente

:cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture
  • al dente pasta

al dente

adverb
    • pasta cooked al dente

Origin and Etymology of al dente

Italian; literally, to the tooth


AL DENTE Defined for English Language Learners

al dente

adjective

Definition of al dente for English Language Learners

  • : cooked but still firm


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