cia·​bat·​ta chə-ˈbä-tə How to pronounce ciabatta (audio)
: a flat oblong bread having a moist interior and a crispy crust

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The flavors were great, but my ciabatta was a bit soggy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023 Look for the Spanish Bird, a Cafe Cito sammie that combines chicken, roasted red peppers, arugula and lemon aioli between thick slices of ciabatta bread, on the menu when Catalog Coffee opens. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 3 Mar. 2023 HelloFresh's Turkey + Sides Box serves eight to 10 people and includes a 14-pound turkey, broccoli cheddar gratin, ciabatta stuffing, mashed potatoes, apple ginger crisp, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2023 Rotisserie chicken is piled between ciabatta-like bread slices along with roasted garlic, goat cheese, caramelized onion, mustard and arugula. Dallas News, 27 July 2022 The Duroc, a ham and smoked pork combo on ciabatta, was likewise lifeless due to what struck me as a lethal lack of seasoning. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2022 Halve a French bread or ciabatta loaf, smear with garlic butter, sandwich the halves together, bundle in foil, then warm in the oven or on the grill until toasty and melty. Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2022 Two pounds of short ribs encased in seemingly a loaf of ciabatta, stabbed in the center with a knife, has that effect on a table. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 The Italian Baker contains not only the secrets to making breads such as ciabatta, but also references to religion and mythology that give readers a peek into Italian society. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, literally, slipper

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ciabatta was in 1985

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Cite this Entry

“Ciabatta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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