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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Order his linguine and clams and tell me otherwise. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Via Sophia upgrades the hotel dining experience in downtown D.C.," 12 July 2019 Sunday — Start by making pasta dough, then cutting it into linguine and shaping it into farfalle (bow-tie pasta). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sur La Table's international cooking classes are a melting pot of cuisines," 1 July 2019 Former Wilshire chef de cuisine Brendan Mica’s Mediterranean menu includes a linguine Bolognese with seafood, a 28-oz. Hadley Tomicki,, "Jeremy Fox to open Birdie G's this week, Pizzana in WeHo and Leo's Tacos in the SFV," 18 June 2019 Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid, drain and return linguine to pot. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fresh Veggie Beef Ragu," 27 July 2018 The seafood-forward eatery has a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower and an even more fantastic lobster linguine. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "48 Hours Celebrating the New Clash de Cartier Collection in Paris," 10 May 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of linguine

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

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