gra·​ni·​ta grə-ˈnē-tə How to pronounce granita (audio)
: a coarse-textured ice confection typically made from fruit

Examples of granita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This recipe can also be used to make other variations, including peach and blackberry granita. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 19 Dec. 2023 Also: If there’s a granita on the dessert menu, get it. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 The staff pushes, rightly, the affogato, a coupe layered sexily with espresso granita, vanilla ice cream, mascarpone mousse, and hot fudge. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023 At Japanese newcomer Money Cat, fatty bluefin tuna is served with an icy granita inspired by canh chua—a homestyle Vietnamese tamarind-pineapple sour soup. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Dec. 2023 The line is often down the block for Sicilian granita and gelato, which Angelo and his brother learned to scoop as teenage apprentices in the ice cream parlors of Palermo. Cameron Quincy Todd, Saveur, 15 Nov. 2023 Instead, an oversized martini glass comes packed with vanilla ice cream, mascarpone cream, hot fudge, and espresso granita. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 Refreshing blueberry granita and creamy coconut gelato pair with sparkling rosé to create these showstoppers. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Aug. 2023 Order that blasphemous crudo along with the punchy salad of sweet seasonal cucumbers, trout roe, and delicate flakes of whey granita, dressed in a bracingly green-tasting tarragon oil. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, from feminine of granito, past participle of granire

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of granita was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Granita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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