linguine

noun
lin·​gui·​ne | \liŋ-ˈgwē-nē \
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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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 The fresh linguine with local littlenecks was bland, its light broth lacking a clammy punch. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Helpful hints: ▪ Spaghetti or linguine can be used instead of spaghettini. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 Grab a seat on the upper deck under the wisteria, and try the Low Country linguine with sautéed crawfish and mushrooms ($13) or seafood ravioli with dill sauce ($14). Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 Toss vegetables with shrimp linguine, pasta cooking water, lemon peel, and parsley. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi," 3 Sep. 2015 The standards — cheese ravioli, egg fettuccine and rigatoni — are rounded out by rarities like gemelli, which is colloquially called unicorn horns, squid-ink linguine and custom-order fusi sheets. New York Times, "The Long-Running Pasta Show of Queens," 15 May 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of linguine

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

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