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 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 Appetizers — Thai-style street ribs, duck skin crispy tacos, shrimp cocktail and mushroom arancini — are $8 each. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2021 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, 27 May 2020 Burrata and arancini are a great start to the meal. al, 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, 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, 13 Nov. 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 27 Sep. 2021.

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