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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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1929
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