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
Origin and Etymology of 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 1orange, 1-ine
First Known Use: 1948See Words from the same year
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