plural noun

cros·​ti·​ni krȯ-ˈstē-nē How to pronounce crostini (audio)
: small slices of usually toasted bread topped with a spread or other food

Examples of crostini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make your selection in store, then grab some potato chips, crostini or bilinis, and creme fraiche to pair with to the salty treat. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 5 July 2024 Once onsite, kick things off with some starters (mushroom risotto arancini, burrata and crostini) before exploring the pies, which range from the traditional to the adventurous. Nicole Schnitzler, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 July 2024 The story goes that Caesar’s brother, Alex Cardini, a chef and former pilot in the Italian Air Force during World War I, added anchovy paste to a crostini, and named it the Aviator’s Salad in honor of the pilots at Rockwell Field Air Base in San Diego. Alexandra Mendoza, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 In addition to pasta dishes, it can be baked with garlic and a little lemon zest into a cheesy spread for crostini or crackers. Gretchen McKay, New York Daily News, 4 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for crostini 

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Word History


Italian, plural of crostino, from crosta crust, rind, from Latin crusta shell, crust — more at crust

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crostini was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Crostini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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