lin·​gui·​ne | \ liŋ-ˈgwē-nē How to pronounce linguine (audio) \
variants: or linguini

Definition of linguine

: narrow flat pasta

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The modern language closest to Latin is Italian, and the Italian word linguine means literally "little tongues". Linguine is only one of the types of pasta whose names describes their shapes. Others include spaghetti ("little strings"), fettuccine ("little ribbons"), penne ("little quills"), orzo ("barley"), farfalle ("butterflies"), vermicelli ("little worms"), capellini ("little hairs"), fusilli ("little spindles"), and radiatori ("little radiators"). If you're thinking about learning Italian, you could make a good start by just visiting an Italian restaurant.

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There are obviously tons of different pasta shapes out there, but if this is your first time making homemade pasta, a linguine or spaghetti shape is your easiest option. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine," 7 Jan. 2019 When ready to serve, cook linguine per package directions. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pasta with Red Pepper Alfredo," 21 Dec. 2018 Think of them in terms of categories: big tubes (penne, rigatoni), little scoop-y/tube-y shapes (elbows, shells), twirly spirals (rotini, gemelli), thinner strands (spaghetti, linguine), wider strands (fettuccine, pappardelle). Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Common Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Pasta," 8 Apr. 2015 Daphne's Chef Michele Blasi updates Italian classics with the region's freshest seafood, as glimpsed in an asparagus soup with red snapper or linguine with Caribbean lobster and chilis. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Peter Gordon’s glossy restaurant atop Auckland’s Sky Tower, The Sugar Club, offers several options: spanner crab, crayfish linguine, monkfish, and Mount Cook Salmon (something that is carried through to his menus designed for Air New Zealand). Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Tania Cammarano, with linguine, has studied Italian food in Australia. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Crikey, Bruce, Our Aussie Lingo Has Gone Walkabout," 2 Aug. 2018 The museum’s main dining venue is worth a visit, too—be sure to stop by Caffè Storico for the salumi and plates of lobster linguine. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 The menu includes novelties like peanut butter and Cleveland fig jam sandwiches, homemade tater tots and Ohio City Pasta black pepper linguine. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Heading to the GOP Convention? Chow down at Cleveland's best restaurants," 15 July 2016

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First Known Use of linguine

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linguine

Italian, plural of linguina, diminutive of lingua tongue, from Latin

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The first known use of linguine was circa 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of linguine

: a type of pasta that is long, thin, and flat

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