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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Recent Examples on the Web Tagliatelle is wider than both linguine and fettuccine, but thinner than pappardelle. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 My Yelp page had photos of beef tartare and linguine vongole. Ron Winters, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 The seafood linguine with flying fish roe is a winner, as is the sea bass fillet with gnocchi, eggplant, and cashew, in lemon butter and cilantro. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 1 June 2022 That said, healthy eating is not necessarily the name of this game: a dish of scampi-style scallop linguine included four tablespoons of butter for two portions and no vegetables save for a single shallot. Bon Appétit, 12 May 2022 Spaghetti or linguine with clams or other seafood are natural pairings. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Attractive herbal quality, good with earthy foods such as wheat linguine with garlic and mushrooms. Chateau Suau Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2020. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Fettuccine is wider than linguine but less wide than tagliatelle. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Spicy, tomato-saucy shrimp atop linguine from none other than the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten? Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Linguine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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