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

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Guests drank red wine and nibbled on pigs in a blanket, arancini, and tuna tartare. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Claire Foy, Damien Chazelle, Ben Stiller, and More Celebrate First Man at the Monkey Bar," 4 Oct. 2018 There are some sweet scorers now eligible for play, including bizjet, and some magical vowel dumps, such as arancini, those Italian balls of cooked rice. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 Look for arancini, pork bahn mi sandwiches, street tacos, Mexican street corn and udon. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 Appetizers include meatballs with pickled mustard seed gremolata, oxtail arancini with caper salsa verde, mussels fra diavolo, and antipasto platters. Devra First,, "Grassona’s Italian: so old-school it’s new again," 29 Mar. 2018 Crispy saffron rice arancini balls stuffed with flavorful lamb ragù are a nod to Burke’s Italian training. Craig Laban,, "Yards brewery is better, not just bigger, with move and ambitious new taproom," 23 Mar. 2018 Short rib arancini with roasted garlic aioli is a top seller from the starters category ($5 to $15), which also features classics like Nonna’s meatballs and eggplant rollatini. Leeanne Griffin,, "Trattoria Toscana: Classic And Contemporary Italian In A Relaxed Atmosphere," 12 Mar. 2018 Wagyu sliders, lobster arancini, cauliflower and whipped brie tarts, coq au vin empanadas, pork belly, and scallops by executive chef Danny Trace were devoured next to Fendi handbag displays and Alaia accessories. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Houston's finest fete Tootsies, the Galleria and Cafe Annie for one epic night on the town," 22 Feb. 2018 Like a miniature version of Naples, with fewer good hotels but better arancini, Catania keeps it real without even trying. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Mount Etna's Shadow, Catania Is Raw, Authentic Italy," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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