plural noun

gnoc·​chi ˈnȯ-kē How to pronounce gnocchi (audio) ˈnyȯ- How to pronounce gnocchi (audio)
: dumplings usually made with potato or semolina and served with sauce

Examples of gnocchi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crêpe Cellar: Short ribs Crêpe Cellar’s red wine braised short ribs over potato herb gnocchi ($27) have been on the menu since the the doors open 9.5 years ago. Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Italian dishes - homemade gnocchi and Bolognese sauce - abound. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Or don’t even turn the oven on and pan-fry the gnocchi with greens. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 20 Sep. 2023 Steele says he’s been meeting with founders and VCs at the hotel for years (His go-to order is the gnocchi). Anne Sraders, Fortune, 14 Aug. 2023 This tapas and craft cocktail lounge offers a handsome dining (and date-night) experience, with upscale fare like charcuterie, American wagyu tartare and ricotta gnocchi. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 There are also immersive cooking lessons designed to divulge the chef’s insider tips on how to make a particular dish, like handmade gnocchi with sweet garlic shrimp. Regan Stephens, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 That is certainly true of potato gnocchi, but guess what? Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 Occupying a former hotel, The Wardroom is a retail gourmet shop during the day that transforms into a lively gnocchi and wine bar at night. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, plural of gnocco, from Italian dialect (Veneto), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German knöchel knuckle, knoche bone — more at knuckle

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gnocchi was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Gnocchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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