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

Examples of ciabatta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hot roast beef sandwich has roast beef, cheddar, caramelized onions, horseradish mayo and banana peppers on a ciabatta bun. Clayton Hanson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Popularized again by Jim Lahey’s recipe, published in The New York Times in 2006, no-knead peasant breads, focaccias, and ciabattas have steadily risen to prominence, nudging fussier bakes aside. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 5 Feb. 2024 It’s served on ciabatta bread and with kettle chips or organic mixed greens ($9.50). Ebony Morman, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Tear the ciabatta into big, rough chunks, about 1½ inches large. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 Lightly toast 2 slices brioche or challah (avoid anything crusty, like ciabatta or a baguette). Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 25 July 2023 But an overly hearty ciabatta roll sucks up any and all moisture, leaving the sandwich far too dry. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Classic panzanella features some sort of firm white bread, anything from Italian bread to ciabatta to a Pullman loaf. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 Avoid hard, crusty bread, like ciabatta or baguette, which get a little too crunchy on the griddle. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 16 Aug. 2023

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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