al dente

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

Definition of al dente

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1920


AL DENTE Defined for English Language Learners

al dente

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

Definition of al dente for English Language Learners

  • : cooked but still firm


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