plural noun
aran·​ci·​ni | \ ˌä-rän-ˈchē-nē How to pronounce arancini (audio) \

Definition of arancini

: rounded balls of cooked rice with savory fillings (such as mozzarella cheese) that are coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried The lobster arancini and pureed potato croquettes captured his attention, and the pork and beef meatballs were worthy of a "best of" medal in Schaffer's eyes.— Dana Hatic

Examples of arancini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hefty, breaded arancini contain mozzarella, a nip of Bolognese and a smattering of peas, and the gooey boules rest in a thick marinara that boasts an East Coast level of sweetness with a little acidic bite to balance. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "North Phoenix has a cozy new wine bar and pizza restaurant. Here's what to order if you go," 27 May 2020 Burrata and arancini are a great start to the meal. al, "This island off the coast of Georgia offers a luxurious escape," 20 May 2020 Dinner includes a rack of lamb, chicken piccata, Scottish salmon, penne pasta, Bolognese sauce, meatballs, and mozzarella cheese miniature arancini. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These restaurants are offering special Mother's Day take-out options," 6 May 2020 Europe is well represented by crisp arancini arranged on romesco, and Belgium meets Thailand in steamed mussels gathered in a pot of coconut milk, basil and jalapeño. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Bar Charley has grown up. Now, you’ll dine as well as you drink.," 13 Nov. 2019 Or perhaps some oozy arancini with risotto, pecorino, and more of that housemade mozzarella. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "When This Jersey Guy Makes Detroit-Style Pizza in Atlanta, You Eat It," 29 Oct. 2019 Look for Oven & Shaker to start shaking cocktails, deep frying arancini and pulling pizzas from its new oven near the corner of Southwest Jenkins Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard by late 2020. oregonlive, "Oven & Shaker will open a second location in Beaverton," 10 Oct. 2019 Learn how to prepare arancini (aka deep-fried risotto balls). Darcel Rockett,, "8 Chicago-area classes for adults to take when the kids go back to school, from cooking to filmmaking," 21 Aug. 2019 Follow the eggplant with bronzed arancini, their centers a near-liquid mix of mascarpone and Prosecco, or a season-less chicory salad with orange segments, provolone and hazelnut vinaigrette. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The surprise at Santa Monica’s hot spot Élephante? The carb situation is on point.," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of arancini

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arancini

borrowed from Italian, plural of arancino, literally, "little orange," from arancio "orange" (borrowed from Arabic nāranj, with misdivision of the Italian article un) + -ino, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance) — more at orange entry 1, -ine entry 1

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“Arancini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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