la·​sa·​gna lə-ˈzän-yə How to pronounce lasagna (audio)
or less commonly lasagne : pasta in the form of broad often ruffled ribbons
: a baked dish containing layers of boiled lasagna, and usually cheese, a seasoned sauce of tomatoes, and meat or vegetables

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her lasagna is destined to be a star. Dallas News, 26 Dec. 2022 For the pasta course, Funke offered his famous lasagna bolognese—layers of housemade ragu bolognese, bechamel sauce and sheets of delicate, fresh pasta—and orecchiette served with broccoli rabe pesto, brasicas and pangrattato (an Italian breadcrumb mixture). Sonal Dutt,, 28 Mar. 2022 Owners Chaz Hastings and Scott Carleton, who also own Wisconsin Big Boy in Germantown, reopened the restaurant, with its famous lasagna headlining the menu. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2023 This sophisticated covered casserole dish is about to take your lasagna to the next level. Hollyanna Mccollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2023 Many traditional lasagna elements are still here: Black pepper, olive oil, garlic cloves, onions, and oregano. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 This lasagna has flavors everyone can get behind, like mushrooms, garlic, marinara, and basil. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 12 Dec. 2022 There’s a lasagna with lamb ragù and mustard greens and a cabbage carbonara that subs in layers of the hearty vegetable for pasta. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 6 Jan. 2023 This semi-homemade casserole is the best lasagna recipe for when you're crunched for time (or not in the mood to stress about stacking layers). Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian lasagna, from Vulgar Latin *lasania cooking pot, its contents, from Latin lasanum chamber pot, from Greek lasanon

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lasagna was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Lasagna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


la·​sa·​gna lə-ˈzän-yə How to pronounce lasagna (audio)
: broad flat noodles baked with a sauce usually of tomatoes, cheese, and meat or vegetables

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