cip·​ol·​li·​ni | \ ˌchi-pə-ˈlē-nē How to pronounce cipollini (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cipolline
plural cipollini or cipolline also cipollinis

Definition of cipollini

: a type of small, somewhat flattened onion that has a thin skin and a sweet taste cipollini onions Add the cipollini to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and allow to caramelize evenly.Wine Spectator, 30 June 2010 Cipolline—which are showing up more and more in specialty produce markets—have a full, slightly sweet taste, and a firm-tender texture that's particularly good for pickling.Gourmet, March 2004 … roasted … monkfish with caramelized cipollinis and blood oranges.Wine Spectator, 31 May 2006

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First Known Use of cipollini

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cipollini

cipolline borrowed from Italian cipolline, plural of cipollina, diminutive of cipolla “onion,” going back to Late Latin cēpulla, diminutive of cēpa, caepa “onion”; cipollini, altered from cipolline, or borrowed from Italian, plural of cipollino, masculine variant of cipollina

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“Cipollini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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