plural noun

aran·​ci·​ni ˌä-rän-ˈchē-nē How to pronounce arancini (audio)
: 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 The uncommon mashup results in dishes such as Bolognese arancini balls and roasted eggplant ravioli, as well as gnocchi cheese alfredo. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2023 Menu items include Bolognese arancini and cacio e pepe pasta fritti — crispy pasta bites with Parmesan and pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 Besides pizzas with compelling toppings, try the arancini-like zucchini cakes to start, or share the Hot Mess salad: artichokes, cherry peppers and fresh mozzarella with greens in herb vinaigrette., 21 June 2022 Sicilian arancini have been delighting Italians since the 10th century with their combination of rice and savory fillings. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 The menu features a selection of canapes, including sweet petite oysters with shallot jam and spinach and wild mushroom arancini. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2022 The arancini are crisp and cheesy, with a punch of black pepper. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 This is partly thanks to the rich culture of street food, best tasted in open-air markets; from the now world-famous arancini to the traditional peasant food of sfincione, a pizza-like snack topped with tomato sauce and breadcrumbs. Liam Hess, Vogue, 27 July 2021 Other new tastes include black truffle arancini ($14), summery watermelon and feta salad ($13) and the cipollotto e vodka pizza, with its briny olive tapenade and mellow scamorza cheese. Amy Drew Thompson,, 24 June 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arancini was in 1948

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“Arancini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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